Swiss football club Sion have lost their lengthy legal battle with Uefa to be reinstated in the Europa League over a player eligibility dispute.This content was published on December 15, 2011 - 15:43
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the right of Uefa, European football’s governing body, to kick Sion out of the competition because the club fielded ineligible players in a playoff victory over Glasgow Celtic.
The court ordered Sion to pay Uefa SFr40,000 ($42,500) for legal costs.
Sion had challenged Uefa’s decision to award Celtic 3-0 wins for both legs of a playoff in August. Sion had won 3-1 on aggregate using five players signed in breach of a transfer ban by Fifa, world football’s governing body.
The dispute dates from 2008, when Sion broke Fifa transfer rules by luring goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary to break his contract with Egyptian club Al-Ahly.
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