For breaking the coronavirus-related safety rules in practice sessions, Austrian Bundesliga leaders LASK have been docked 12 points.
LASK admitted to staging full contact training sessions ahead of the proposed top-flight restart on June 2, even though all clubs were only cleared in small groups to get back on the pitch.
However, before the claims from the other clubs were even released, LASK issued its statement claiming that they were victims of “industrial spying.”
LASK issued a public apology for violating protocols of social distance but was ultimately unable to avoid a severe reprimand.
Football authorities in Austria confirmed Thursday that the club was hit with a point deduction and a €75,000 fine.
LASK has been docked 12 points, but there will be six points deducted from the sum for each team, with the league divided into two groups.
The club released an official statement announcing their intention to appeal the ruling, which reads: “This afternoon we received the Senate 1 verdict orally. We decided to call the Bundesliga protest committee as a second-instance body after reviewing the present ruling.
Because of the decision, LASK fell to second in the Bundesliga standings, three points behind the reigning champions and Red Bull Salzburg arch-rivals.
However, Valerien Ismael ‘s side will have the opportunity to close the gap when the campaign resumes, as they seek to maintain the strong form that they showed at the beginning of the year.
There are still 10 matches left to play in the season, and after being embarrassed by Manchester United in the Europa League, LASK will likely be able to concentrate all their attention on domestic duties.
The Austrian outfit was beaten 5-0 just before the season was postponed in March in the first leg of their last 16 ties at home to the Red Devils, with it not yet known when or if the competition will be completed over the summer.