Malaga face CAS appeal wait

Malaga have put forward their appeal against UEFA’s one-year suspension from European competition, but must now wait up to a fortnight for a verdict.

Representatives from the club were in Lausanne, Switzerland today to attend a four-hour hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Anchovies are appealing against UEFA’s ruling last December that has provisionally banned them from the next European competition that they otherwise qualify for in the next four seasons, due to ‘overdue payables’ – debts to other parties.

Malaga-based Diario Sur reports that initial feelings from the club after today’s hearing are of cautious optimism.

A decision from the three judges considering the case is expected in the next seven to 14 days, with it seen as needing to made as soon as possible, so that UEFA can draw up the fixture list for next season, with Malaga having otherwise finish sixth in La Liga, a Europa League qualification spot.

If Malaga are unsuccessful then their European place will shift down to the next available slot in the League table.

That is currently Rayo Vallecano, but they also are currently banned from Europe having failed to get a UEFA licence, so ninth place Sevilla may be the side to eventually profit.