FC Twente were facing relegation to the Jupiler League following financial irregularities but have been spared on appeal.

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twe stadiumThe KNVB had previously recommended that FC Twente should be relegated for failing to get its finances in order and already docked the club points on two separate occasions this season. However, FC Twente argued that relegation would mean certain bankruptcy with the club unable to meet its obligations on the reduced income of the Jupiler League and quickly appealed the decision.

The club won their appeal today after the KNVB’s appeals committee ruled that the club could stay in the Eredivise as it had met its obligation to disclose all financial irregularities by May. The 2010 champions will now start their season at home to Excelsior, with all FC Twente fans breathing a huge sigh of relief, on Saturday 6th August. The Tukkers will now have to pay a €180,000 fine instead to settle their protracted fight with the Dutch FA.

FC Twente issued a statement, following the decision, saying it hopes the club can “draw a line under the past and move forward together with the KNVB and other clubs.”

The decision means that De Graafschap will now be relegated to the Jupiler League following their seventeenth place finish last season.

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