Swiss league punishes FC Sion to avoid FIFA ban

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GENEVA (AP) -- The Swiss soccer league says it has given FC Sion a 36-point penalty for fielding ineligible players.

The league said Friday that the move came in response to FIFA's threat to suspend Switzerland from world soccer.

FIFA demanded that Sion be penalized three points for every game in which ineligible players were fielded during the current season. The world soccer governing body said failure to do so by Jan. 14 would result in Swiss teams, including FC Basel, being banned from international play.

Basel is due to meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 on Feb. 22.