Metalist given European ban

UEFA has disqualified Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv from European competitions for the 2013-14 season following a match-fixing investigation.

Last Updated: 21/08/13 at 19:19 Post Comment

Metalist Kharkiv: Handed a European ban by UEFA

Metalist Kharkiv: Handed a European ban by UEFA

Metalist have been drawn to play German side Schalke in the play-off round of the Champions League, with the first leg due to take place on 21 August but that game is now in doubt.

The club's lawyers attended a two-hour disciplinary hearing at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland on Tuesday to put forward their argument but have not yet confirmed whether they will appeal the decision.

A statement on the UEFA website read: "The UEFA Appeals Body carefully analysed the statements and documents submitted by the club, as well as the statements and documents submitted by the UEFA Disciplinary Inspector and reached the following decision:

"Metalist Kharkiv are disqualified from the 2013/14 UEFA competitions.

"The club has the opportunity to appeal the decision of the UEFA Appeals Body to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"In the meantime, the UEFA Emergency Panel - which is composed of five members of the UEFA Executive Committee - will hold a meeting to consider the consequences of the decision on the competition."

Metalist's place in the play-off stage against Schalke could go instead to Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki, who they beat in the third qualifying round.

But Metalist could be reinstated to the competition on a temporary basis if they appeal UEFA's decision to CAS which has the option of suspending sanctions.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property