Lower league club Reus have been hit with a ban from professional football for the next three years and fined.
The news comes after various problems involving the ownership of their club and it has now been confirmed that they will also be relegated from Spain’s second division and be forced to hand three points to all of their remaining opponents.
The Catalan side called off fixturss against Las Palmas and Albacete after reports claiming that their players had not been paid wages.
Joan Oliver, who has played an important role in Reus’ rise of late – was forced to quit after the reports of unpaid wages and matchday fees, despite the club’s shares being solely brought out by US Investment Bankers Russel C.Platt and Clifton V.Onolfo.
Reus have been given 15 days to appeal the decision but it is thought that the appeal will fail.
Founded in 1909, Reus never appeared in Spain’s top division, but had secured three consecutive seasons in the second division – finishing as high as 11th in the 2016/2017 season.
Players such as Luis Gustavo, Alex Carbonell and Ricardo Vaz will all now search for a new club.