Fenerbahçe banned from UEFA Europa League

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today rejected an appeal by Fenerbahçe to overturn its match-fixing ban from European competition, approving a two-year suspension against the Yellow Canaries.

UEFA tomorrow will decide in an emergency meeting whether Fenerbahçe, which was to play in the Europa League after losing on aggregate last night to Arsenal in the playoff round, will be prevented from playing on the European stage for the rest of this season.

“UEFA welcomes today’s decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejecting the appeals made by Fenerbahçe SK and FC Metalist Kharkiv against the UEFA Appeals Body decisions of 15 July 2013 and 14 August 2013 respectively,” the European football’s governing body said in a written statement posted on its website.  “The UEFA Emergency Panel will meet on Thursday afternoon to decide on the consequences the confirmed exclusion of Fenerbahçe SK from the 2013/14 UEFA club competitions will have on the UEFA Europa League,” the statement added.

In June, Fenerbahçe, along with Istanbul rival Beşiktaş, was handed a suspension from European competitions by UEFA for its involvement in the manipulation of Turkish football matches in the 2010-11 season.

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