Badou Ndiaye returns to action with Trabzonspor in the next few days – but his long-term future at the club is in doubt as their financial plight is revealed.
Ndiaye is on a season-long loan in Turkey with a view to a permanent move. They re-start the Super Lig campaign on Friday, June 12 at Goztepe sitting top of the table on goal difference in hope they will be champions for the first time since 1984.
But they have now been handed a one-season ban from European football for breaching Uefa Financial Fair Play regulations.
UEFA say the club has failed to meet the conditions of a 2016 settlement agreement which required them to be ‘break-even compliant’.
The statement read: “On July 5, 2019, the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) Adjudicatory Chamber determined that Trabzonspor failed to be break-even compliant as required by a settlement agreement, which it entered into on May 20, 2016 and sanctioned the club with a conditional exclusion from participating in one UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
“The sanction would not take effect if the club fulfilled certain conditions, including meeting a target with respect to its financial results for the 2019 financial year.
“The CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber has now determined that Trabzonspor failed to meet the target fixed for the 2019 financial year.
“As a result, the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber has ordered that the club be excluded from participating in one UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.”
Trabzonspor has confirmed it will appeal against the decision.
They have not played since mid-March and have eight matches remaining to conclude the 2019/20 season.
The title would be a unique hat-trick of a kind for Ndiaye, who moved back to Turkey in January.
He had set Galatasaray on their way to be crowned champions in 2017/18 before joining Stoke, then returned on loan in 2018/19 to help them retain the crown.
The 29-year-old Senegal international, under contract at Stoke until 2022, is understood to be keen to stay.
He has had a knee operation during the lockdown but is now back in full training.