UPDATE 2-Soccer-Second-tier Spanish side Reus banned for three years
The Spanish league's "social discipline judge" also ordered the club to pay a 250,000 euro ($285,200) fine, its statement added. The club, currently 20th in Spain's 22-team second tier, said it would appeal in Spain's court for sport (TAD), as well as trying to obtain a suspension of the penalty.
Reus's future opponents this season will be given three points, while players are free to join any side that wishes to sign them, a spokeswoman for La Liga told Reuters. "Before now, no team has faced such an extreme penalty, being left without players and expelled from the competition in mid-season," the Catalan club said in a statement.
"(The club is trying) to appeal the decision made by La Liga's judge and trying to obtain the precautionary suspension of the penalty before the TAD." ($1 = 0.8766 euros) (Reporting by Rik Sharma Editing by Andrew Heavens and Andrew Cawthorne)
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