Italy Serie A

Soccer team back in top tier 6 years after criminal collapse

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) Swiss team Neuchatel Xamax is back in the top division six years after disbanding midseason amid bankruptcy under a Chechen owner later convicted of criminal mismanagement.

Xamax was promoted Sunday when second-place Schaffhouse lost, making its 20-point lead unassailable.

The two-time Swiss champion, which counts former FIFA head Sepp Blatter among its honorary presidents, has worked its way back from regional amateur soccer. Its coaching staff includes former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz.