Malaga's Europa League ban upheld


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The Independent Football

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an attempt by Malaga to overturn a Uefa ban from next season's Europa League over previously unpaid debts.

At a hearing last Tuesday, Malaga challenged Uefa's decision in December to ban the Qatari-owned club from one European competition for missed payments of players' wages and social taxes.

Clubs must pay football and tax debts to retain a licence from their national association to play in Uefa competitions.

Malaga, who reached the Champions League quarter-finals this year, then finished sixth in the Spanish league to earn a Europa League spot. Seville are set to enter Europe's second-tier club competition in their place.