SPORT

Fenerbahçe Handed Two-Year Ban From European Competition

28/08/2013 11:45 BST
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Fenerbahce's players pose during the UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match between Fenerbahce and Arsenal at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal's Champions League conquests Fenerbahçe have been excluded from European competition for the next two years after losing their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a match-fixing sanction.

The yellow-navy blues had been due to go into the Europa League following their 5-0 aggregate loss to the Gunners in their Champions League play-off.

Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv's appeal against a one-season exclusion from UEFA's club competitions - also for match-fixing - has also been upheld by CAS.

Uefa, who originally imposed the ban against the Turkish team, welcomed the CAS decisions and will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide which club will take Fenerbahçe's place in the Europa League group stage.

A statement read: "Uefa welcomes the decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejecting the appeals made by Fenerbahçe SK and FC Metalist Kharkiv against the UEFA Appeals Body decisions of 15 July 2013 and 14 August 2013 respectively.

"The Uefa Emergency Panel will meet on Thursday afternoon to decide on the consequences the confirmed exclusion of Fenerbahçe SK from the 2013/14 UEFA club competitions will have on the UEFA Europa League."