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Malaga lose appeal against UEFA ban

Rayo Vallecano are set to replace Malaga in the Europa League after Court of Arbitration for Sport reject club's appeal.

Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 14:46
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Malaga have lost Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini and their last chance to compete in Europa League [AP]

Malaga will not be able to take a place in next season's Europa League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected their appeal against a UEFA ban from continental competition.

European soccer's ruling body, which is getting tough on teams that live beyond their means, initially banned Qatar-owned Malaga for two years in December because of overdue payments to rival clubs and Spanish tax authorities.

That was later reduced to a year after the club "regularised its overdue payables" by a March 31 deadline and they appealed to CAS asking for the UEFA decision to be annulled or replaced with less severe sanctions.

However, CAS announced on Tuesday it had rejected the appeal and ruled Malaga, who finished sixth in La Liga last season, would also have to pay the original fine of $395,800.

The Swiss-based court said it would publish the reasons for its decision at an unspecified date.

Malaga reiterated after the CAS decision that they had complied with UEFA rules set out in the organisation's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and deserved to be able to take up their Europa League place.

"The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), within the parameters set by UEFA, confirmed on May 14, 2013 that Malaga's application for a UEFA licence had been approved," the club said on their website.

Their Europa League berth will now be taken by Rayo Vallecano, who finished eighth, if the Madrid-based club can resolve their own financial problems.

Otherwise, ninth-placed Sevilla will compete in Europe's second-tier club competition next term, a tournament they won in 2006 and 2007 when it was called the UEFA Cup.
 

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