‘Malaga expelled from Europe’

Malaga’s Vice-President Moayad Shatat is of the belief that the club were ‘expelled from the Cahmpions League’ this week, rather than eliminated.

Two stoppage time goals from quarter-final opponents Borussia Dortmund turned a 2-1 Malaga win into a 3-2 defeat.

Contention has surrounded the decisive third goal, scored in a move when officials missed two offside calls against the Germans.

Following on from owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s accusations against UEFA and Manuel Pellegrini and Joaquin Sanchez’ insinuations surrounding the officiating, Shatat has added his thoughts.

“We do not feel that we have been eliminated, but that we have been expelled from the competition,” commented the director to Diario Sur today, before reiterating Vicente Casado’s promise of an official complaint.

“We will present a formal complaint to UEFA with due reasoning, because we believe that the refereeing level does not correspond with that of a competition like the Champions League.

“From all that has been said, the only certainty is that Malaga will continue and grow further, it is not over here.

“Despite the frustration and helplessness, we are very proud of the squad and the coaching staff. Words cannot appreciate what they have achieved.

“We had full confidence in their ability to even reach the final at Wembley.”

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