- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

NYON, Switzerland (AP) - UEFA says Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, last season’s Europa League runner-up, faces being banned from playing in Europe unless $1.9 million in overdue payments are settled by next month.

The Ukrainian club owes 840,000 euros ($910,000) to other clubs and 902,000 euros ($980,000) to staff.

Dnipro has until Jan. 31 to make the payments or UEFA will ban the club from the next European competition it qualifies for in the next three seasons.

Dnipro, which was eliminated from this season’s Europa League in the group stage, has to pay a fine of 100,000 euros.

Dnipropetrovsk has been affected by the political and economic turbulence that has rocked Ukraine.

Dnipro has been tangled up in Ukraine’s political rivalries through its owner, billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskiy, who has funded volunteer battalions to fight pro-Russian separatists.

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