The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Malaga’s appeal against their ban from European football, upholding UEFA’s original punishment.
Last December saw UEFA originally hand the Anchovies a 12-month suspension from the next European club competition they would otherwise qualify for and today it has now been made official.
The ban, which was determined by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), was handed out for the club having breached Financial Fair Play regulations by holding ‘overdue payables’ on account – money owed to others.
Today CAS has upheld that ruling by rejecting Malaga’s appeal that had argued that the club had complied with all FFP regulations.
Malaga’s place in next year’s Europa League, achieved through their sixth place League finish, will provisionally go to ninth place Sevilla. Rayo Vallecano in eighth would otherwise take the spot, but have not been granted a UEFA licence.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by Malaga Club de Futbol SAD (Spain) against the decision taken on 21 December 2012 by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (the “UEFA decision”),” read CAS’ statement released to confirm the news.
|As a consequence, the Spanish club is excluded from the UEFA Europa League 2013/14 and will have to pay a fine or EUR 300’000.”