KNVB director doubts Twente will survive

Bert van Oostveen has admitted only a miracle will be able to save FC Twente as they face being expelled from the professional ranks of Dutch Football.

The Royal Dutch Football Association's director doesn't expect to see the Tukkers in the top flight next season after they were found guilty of 'deliberately misleading' the league license committee about their affiliation with Maltese investment company Doyen Sports.

The 2009/10 Eredivisie champions were subsequently banned from European football for three years and an independent investigation has commenced that has asked board members to step down due to the 'unhealthy culture' at the club.

"The chances of FC Twente not playing professional football next year is greater than that of them doing so," van Oostveen told NOS.

"There are a number of weaknesses from the past, which are very difficult to solve. I think you need Houdini and Dutch magician Hans Klok at the same time to get them out of this."