Europa League: UEFA allows Belgium's Mechelen to play in group-stage despite being under investigation for match-fixing

Mechelen earned its Europa League group-stage place by winning the Belgian Cup last season while under investigation for suspected fixing of top-tier league games late in the 2017-18 season

The Associated Press July 16, 2019 18:49:55 IST
Europa League: UEFA allows Belgium's Mechelen to play in group-stage despite being under investigation for match-fixing
  • UEFA says Mechelen can enter the Europa League, though it will monitor any fresh developments in the Belgian match-fixing scandal

  • Mechelen earned its Europa League group-stage place by winning the Belgian Cup last season while under investigation for suspected fixing of top-tier league games late in the 2017-18 season

  • UEFA rules prohibit clubs entering the Champions League and Europa League while implicated in fixing matches

Nyon: UEFA says Mechelen can enter the Europa League, though it will monitor any fresh developments in the Belgian match-fixing scandal.

Europa League UEFA allows Belgiums Mechelen to play in groupstage despite being under investigation for matchfixing

A logo is pictured on UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse - RC120948DDF0

Mechelen earned its Europa League group-stage place by winning the Belgian Cup last season while under investigation for suspected fixing of top-tier league games late in the 2017-18 season.

A Belgian sports court ruled last week on a legal technicality that Mechelen could not be punished with demotion to the second tier this season.

UEFA rules prohibit clubs entering the Champions League and Europa League while implicated in fixing matches.

The European soccer body says Mechelen is currently allowed in the Europa League "without prejudice to the potential reopening of the proceedings should further information arise in relation to the facts and/or merits of this case."

 

 

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