It is a very strange week for FC Zurich and FC Lugano, the two clubs at the bottom of the Swiss Super League. Their fate in the top flight is to be decided on Wednesday -- one will go down, while the other will be saved -- but they will then play each other in the Swiss Cup final on Sunday.
Lugano, with a one-point advantage in the table, know that everything is in their hands and need to beat St Gallen at home; Zurich are just hoping for their rivals to slip up as they host Vaduz.
BERN, Switzerland -- Two Swiss top-tier players have been suspended for 12 matches over illegal payments to another team in last season's promotion chase.
The Swiss football league says it also fined Lugano players Patrick Rossini and Igor Djuric 8,000 Swiss francs ($8,200) each.
Lugano won the second division in May after a promotion duel with Servette.
The league says Rossini and Djuric approached Schaffhausen players and promised money for avoiding defeat in a late-season match at Servette.