London: Manchester United could be handed an amazing Champions League lifeline if the Swiss Football Association fails to comply with FIGA and punish FC Sion.
Sion were thrown out of the Europa League for fielding ineligible players in their match against Celtic.
The Swiss FA has until 13 January to act and FIFA has threatened to suspend Switzerland and their club sides.
“Should this deadline not be respected, the Swiss FA will be automatically suspended from 14 January 2012 onwards,” a leading daily quoted a FIFA spokesman, as saying.
If the Swiss do not comply, United’s conquerers Basel would be slung out of the Champions League.
And that would open up the possibility of a shock reprieve for Alex Ferguson’s men, who came third in the group.