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Europa League runners-up Dnipro banned for one year

Last year’s Europa League runners-up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have been banned from European competitions for one season by UEFA for breaching financial regulations.

The Ukrainian outfit are one of three teams, along with Inter Baku from Azerbaijan and Romania’s Targu Mures, to be hit with one-season bans. UEFA said that the bans would apply should the clubs qualify for any European competitions the next three seasons.

Another Romanian club, Astra Giurgiu, had been given the same deadline as the aforementioned trio, but UEFA has not commented on whether they will be banned yet.

Dnipro is fourth in the Ukrainian Premier League this season, a distant 18 points behind leader Dynamo Kiev. It lost numerous players after their European run as the likes of Yevhen Konoplyanka, Nikola Kalinic and Jaba Kankava departed. Dnipro failed to get beyond the group stages in the Europa League this season, finishing behind Lazio and Saint-Etienne in Group G.

The ruling body did not give any further details and said the full decisions would be published next week.

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