2020-01-26

Forced Relegation for Syriac Football Club Syrianska FC

Syriac football club Syrianska FC of Södertälje Sweden is forced to relegate from Swedish Division 1 to Division 2 because of financial reasons. The Disciplinary Committee of the Swedish Football Association took the decision after the football club had financial problems and was unable to make payments on its debts in time. Estimated debt payments due to the Swedish Football Association amount to more than hundred thousand Swedish Krona. Although non-related to the disciplinary measure, unconfirmed amounts are due to the Swedish Tax Authorities.

A further disciplinary measure is that, until the club makes payments on its debts to the Swedish Football Association, the disciplinary committee has also banned Syrianska FC from registering new players. When the outstanding bills are paid, Syrianska FC is allowed again to recruit new players.

In a reaction to the decision, Syrianska FC said that it will appeal the decision.

From 2011 to 2013, Syrianska FC played four seasons in the highest Swedish division of Allsvenska. After several seasons in the second Swedish division Superettan, relegation to Division 1 and a return to the Superettan followed. From there Syrianska relegated and is now to play in Division 2.

Syrianska FC was established by Syriac immigrants in 1977 as Suryoyo Sportklubb. In 1986, the club changed its name to Syrianska SK. Syrianska FC has produced some known (former) football players e.g. Sharbel Touma (retired, Ajax, Borrusia Mönchengladbach).

Also located in Södertälje is Assyriska FC. Syrianska FC and Assyriska FF both use the stadium Södertälje Fotbollsarena for their home matches. Known (former) football players of Assyriska FF are Kennedy Bakircioglu (Ajax, Racing Santander; retired) and Mikael Ishak (FC Nürnberg).

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