CAS hears Malaga appeal to play in Europa League
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Spanish club Malaga has made its case at sport’s highest court to overturn a UEFA ban from next season’s Europa League for previously unpaid debts.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said after Tuesday’s hearing that it expects to give a verdict next week.
Malaga is challenging UEFA’s decision last December to ban the Qatari-owned club from one European competition for missed payments of players’ wages and social taxes.
Clubs must pay football and tax debts to retain a license from their national association to play in UEFA competitions.
Malaga, which reached the Champions League quarterfinals under coach Manuel Pellegrini, then finished sixth in the Spanish league to earn a Europa League berth.
If Malaga loses the appeal, Sevilla is set to enter Europe’s second-tier club competition.