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CAS rejects Rayo Vallecano’s Europa League appeal

July 31, 2013

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.

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