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UEFA investigation leads to Metalist Kharkiv ban

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 17:08 | Comments

Metalist Kharkiv are due to play Schalke 04 in the Champions League play-off round
Metalist Kharkiv are due to play Schalke 04 in the Champions League play-off round

Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv have been disqualified from European competitions for the 2013-14 season following a match-fixing investigation, UEFA has confirmed.

UEFA announced the sanction which could see Metalist miss the Champions League despite winning their way through to the play-off stages.

The UEFA appeals body announced its decision after a hearing in Nyon, Switzerland where the club submitted statements and the governing body's disciplinary inspector submitted statements and documents.

Metalist's place in the play-off stage against Schalke in a match due to be played next Wednesday could go instead to Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki, who they beat in the third qualifying round.

But the Ukrainian club could be reinstated to the competition on a temporary basis if they appeal UEFA's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which has the option of suspending sanctions.

UEFA charged Metalist last week after CAS upheld a five-year ban imposed on the club's sporting director Yevhen Krasnikov by the Ukrainian Football Federation for his alleged involvement in the fixing of a Ukrainian league match with Karpaty Lwiw in 2008.

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