Guinea striker Pascal Feindouno quits Swiss side Sion

Pascal Feinduono
Pascal Feindouno (left) is one of the six players signed by Sion under the ban

Guinea striker Pascal Feindouno has ended his contract with troubled Swiss club Sion.

The 30-year-old parted company with the club on Tuesday in the wake of the Swiss Football Association (SFV)'s decision to deduct 36 points from Sion.

Feindouno is among six players adjudged to be ineligible after they were signed during a transfer embargo.

But the Guinea international is leaving the club because of the uncertainty surrounding their status.

"After a discussion with leaders of FC Sion, Pascal Feindouno has been released," Sion said in a statement.

"The decision of the SFV to deduct 36 points from FC Sion was instrumental in the decision of the player.

"According to the Guinean playmaker, the punishment leaves the team in a delicate position and out of reach of European competition which motivated him to join the club."

Feindouno will play at the Africa Cup of Nations this month before deciding on his club future.

He joined the Swiss side in June after his French club Monaco were relegated to the second tier.

Sion had been placed under a Fifa transfer embargo after football's world governing body ruled the club had been guilty of inducing Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary to break his contract with Cairo-based club Al Ahly in 2008.

However, the Swiss club proceeded to sign six players in the summer.

Those six players took their case to a civil court in the canton of Valais, which ruled they could play, and Sion subsequently fielded them in the Swiss league.

Sion then fielded five of the six players during the Europa League play-off tie against Celtic and were kicked out of the Uefa competition as a result, but had not been punished by their national FA.

The Swiss side have now been docked three points for each of the 12 league and cup matches in which one or more of the six ineligible players appeared.

The penalty leaves them 10th and last in the Swiss Super League, on minus five points.

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