Partizan Belgrade banned from Europe for next three seasons

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Former European Cup finalists Partizan are given a three-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League due to unpaid debts to social and tax authorities in Serbia.

Serbian giants Partizan have been kicked out of European football by governing body UEFA for the next three seasons due to unpaid debts.

The 2015 SuperLiga champions are said to have broken rules on three occasions in the past five years and will now play no part in the Champions League or Europa League until the 2020-21 campaign.

UEFA says that around £2.17m is owed in unpaid debt as of September last year, with most of that outstanding payment relating to social and tax authorities in Serbia.

Partizan, knocked out of the Europa League by Zalebie in the qualifying phase earlier this term, are currently six points adrift of rivals Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian top flight.

A shot of the UEFA Europa League trophy before the final between Dnipro and Sevilla in Warsaw on May 27, 2015
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