CAS rejects Rayo Vallecano’s Europa League appeal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Financially troubled Rayo Vallecano has failed to overturn its exclusion from the Europa League over unpaid debts.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it dismissed the club’s appeal against a Spanish football association refusal to grant a license to play in UEFA competitions.
CAS issued an urgent ruling Wednesday, one day after hearing the case. The court will issue a full verdict “as soon as possible.”
The ruling clears Sevilla, which placed ninth in the league, to host Mladost Podgorica on Thursday in a Europa League qualifying match.
Rayo Vallecano placed eighth and could have earned the berth vacated by sixth-place Malaga, which was banned by UEFA for financial problems.
However, the Spanish federation denied the club’s license request because of overdue unpaid debts.