Rayo Vallecano’s hopes of Europa League football next season look to be over, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport reject their application.
The Madrid outfit were denied a UEFA licence earlier this year by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) due to carrying debt and being in administration.
On from having an appeal at court level in the Spanish capital rejected yesterday, CAS have also confirmed that the club’s application to them has also been turned down.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the application for provisional measures filed by the Spanish club Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D. in relation to a decision of the Spanish FA (RFEF) refusing to grant the UEFA License to Rayo Vallecano for the 2013-14 season for the reason that the club had overdue payables when the attribution of UEFA licenses had to be determined by the First Instance of the RFEF licensing Committee,” read the statement posted by CAS.
“Rayo Vallecano had filed both an appeal and an application for provisional measures requesting CAS to order RFEF to grant the UEFA License to Rayo Vallecano so that the club could participate in the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League competition.
“The arbitration in this matter is ongoing and an award on the merits will be issued at the end of the CAS appeals procedure. A hearing is likely to be held within the next weeks.”
Rayo still have the appeal with CAS as a route to take, but it is believed that any ruling would not come until after the third qualifying round draw for the Europa League has taken place.
It is seen as likely then that Sevilla will now take Rayo’s place in the competition.