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Draw scheduled to decide Fenerbahce replacement

UEFA are set to hold a draw on Friday to determine who will replace Fenerbahce in the Europa League group stage this season.

The Turkish club – suspended from European competition by UEFA on match-fixing offences – were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Arsenal in the play-off round on Tuesday after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to have their two-year ban overturned.

However, Fernerbahce’s plea fell on deaf ears, with the CAS upholding the decision to expel Ersun Yanal’s men from the Europa League as well as next year’s Champions League.

Fernerbahce’s omission leaves a free space in the group stage that will be filled by one of the losers from the final play-off round.

A total of 30 teams will be entered into the draw after Maccabi Tel-Aviv – who had been scheduled to face PAOK in the play-off round – were automatically entered into the group stage following the decision to allow PAOK to replace Metalist Kharkiv in the play-off round of the Champions League following their expulsion from European competition.

The second legs of the Europa League play-off round are to take place on Thursday, with the group stage draw set to be held at 12:45 CET in Monaco on Friday.

The draw to determine Fenerbahce’s replacement will also be held in the principality and is scheduled to commence at 09:00 CET.

Thu 29 Aug, 2013
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