BATE approved as Belarus champion 2017 after points controversy


BATE approved as Belarus champion 2017 after points controversy

On December 19, the executive committee of the Belarusian Football Federation (BFF) approved BATE as the champion of Belarus in 2017, Pressball reports. The additional proceedings were required after the controversial Veremko case.

The BATE goalie Sergei Veremko was included in the list of subs in one of BATE’s matches despite being suspended. He paid a fine, but because of bank processing issues the fine payment was not confirmed on time, which meant that the club was deprived of 3 points that they collected in that game.

Then on November 23 the BFF's executive committee made a decision in favor of BATE: the club was returned these points, but had to pay a big fine. 

With the three points returned, BATE managed to win the Belarusian Premier League. However, the leadership of second-placed FC Dinamo Minsk, who scored the same number of points as BATE and lost based only on head-to-head matches, did not agree with the fact that BATE had their three points returned and asked the football federation to review this case.

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The Executive Committee, on December 19, several weeks after the end of the football season in Belarus, decided not to review the decisions of the disciplinary and appeal committees.

Thus, BATE was confirmed to have won gold, Dinamo Minsk settled for silver and Shakhtyor Soligorsk got bronze.

FC BATE will represent Belarus in the Champions League qualification next summer, while the other two prize winners will start in the Europa League qualifiers.