FC Torpedo-SKA Minsk have become the latest Belarussian club to be denied a Premier League licence.
After Torpedo's private owner withdrew his financial support, leaving the club's sponsors, a car factory, to carry the burden, Torpedo were punished for breach of the top-flight licensing requirements. Torpedo must now be re-registered under new ownership and the new entity will start life in the third division, leaving the Premier League with only 14 clubs in the 2005 season.
Only last week, FC Vedrich-97 Rechitsa, who won promotion from the second division last term, were refused élite status for failing to meet licensing standards.
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