Frankfurt - VfR Aalen have been deducted two points with immediate effect for 'repeated violations of a licensing condition in the area of economic effectiveness'.

The points deduction takes effect immediately, although Aalen remain in 16th place in the Bundesliga 2 standings on goal difference ahead of FC Erzgebirge Aue and FC St. Pauli.

'Negative equity'

According to the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH, Aalen's 'negative equity has worsened in two consecutive calendar years', amounting to an infringement of the licensing conditions that enable the club to play in Bundesliga 2.

Aalen, who were held to a 1-1 draw by TSV 1860 Munich at the weekend, have five days to lodge an appeal against the decision.