Russian club Rubin Kazan have been banned from playing in the Champions League and Europa League if they qualify for either tournament in the next two seasons. European football's governing body Uefa handed down the punishment for the breach of financial fair play rules.

 

The Russian Premier League side had a 'settlement agreement' with Uefa, after initially breaking the rules. However, it broke that arrangement, leading Uefa to open a new investigation, which led to the new punishment levied on them.

 

Financial fair play rules are designed to stop clubs spending more than they earn. Settlement agreements usually see clubs accept restrictions on transfers and squad sizes for a set period of time.

 

Rubin Kazan founded 60 years ago, played its first domestic top flight season in 2003 and has remained there since, winning the Russian Premier League in 2008 and 2009. In recent seasons, the club has been a regular in European contests.

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