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Apoel replace banned Fenerbahce in Europa League draw

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 30 Aug 2013

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Apoel will replace Fenerbahce in this season’s UEFA Europa League group stage draw.

The Turkish club were disqualified by UEFA from European competition for a breach of match-fixing regulations and lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

That move enabled Fenerbahce to take part in a Champions League play-off with Arsenal.

Arsenal easily won the tie 5-0 on aggregate, a result that saw Ersun Yanal’s side drop into the Europa League.

However, CAS dismissed Fenerbahce’s appeal on Wednesday and upheld their two-year ban, a decision that left a space to fill in the Europa League draw.

Cypriot champions Apoel – who lost 3-2 on aggregate in the play-off round to Belgian side Zulte Waregem – were the side drawn out of the hat to replace Fenerbahce in Friday’s draw. All defeated play-off sides were in the draw.

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