Metalist to appeal European ban
Published : 14 Aug 2013 19:46:58Rss feed
Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv are to appeal against their expulsion from European competition.
European governing body UEFA has banned Metalist, who were due to play German side Schalke in a Champions League play-off next week, from its competitions in 2013-14 following a match-fixing inquiry.
But an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport could see Metalist, who were competing in the Champions League for the first time, temporarily reinstated because CAS has the power to suspend sanctions.
In the meantime UEFA has announced that Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki will take Metalist's place in the Champions League play-offs and face Schalke in a two-legged tie that begins next Wednesday.
UEFA charged Metalist last week after CAS upheld a five-year ban imposed on the club's sporting director Yevhen Krasnikov by the Ukrainian Football Federation.
Krasnikov was allegedly involved in the fixing of a Ukrainian league match with Karpaty Lwiw in 2008.
Metalist have made clear their anger at the punishment.
Vice-president Kostyantyn Pyvovarov, in a statement on the club's website www.metalist.ua, said: "We regret that such a sanction was applied, and we do not agree with it.
"That's why today we plan to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
"Also, we have appealed to the Supreme Court of Switzerland with the application for suspension of CAS decision.
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