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FC Sion drop dispute against Swiss league

Swiss side Sion announced on Monday they have withdrawn their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Swiss Football League in a dispute over the eligibity of new players.

The Swiss club said they withdrew the appeal after the league confirmed that their six new summer recruits will be allowed to play, in line with a court order.

"Having received confirmation that it can add its new recruits to the line-up, FC Sion has withdrawn its appeal from CAS," said the club.

However, Sion remain excluded from the Europa League after UEFA found they fielded ineligible players in a qualifying match with Scottish side Celtic, who were promoted to the competition in their place.

The club have taken the case before several Swiss courts, with a regional court in the Canton of Vaud expected to deliver their verdict this week.

In July, the Swiss Football League had said that Sion's six new players were ineligible for the competition.

But the league reversed its decision after a civil court on August 3rd ordered it to reconsider its initial position and to allow the new signings to play.

After hearing both parties, the civil court in Martigny, Valais canton in September confirmed the verdict and rapped the league for the "anarchy" that had arisen due to poor management of the case.

The Swiss league subsequently authorised the new signings to play in a letter dated September 30th, leading Sion to withdraw their appeal to world sport's top court CAS.

However, in a statement issued late on Monday, the league said that while it has allowed the players to participate in the local league competition, they are "not qualified for the Swiss Football League as indicated by certain sources."

"For the qualification of non-amateur players, only the eligibility commission of the SFL has the statutory competence," it said.

The league said that it was simply abiding by the Martigny court order in allowing the players to participate in the competition.

It added that it will file an appeal in coming days against the Martigny court decision.

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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