ZURICH (AP) — Two years after a Turkish match-fixing scandal broke, Fenerbahce has been expelled from the Europa League and barred from qualifying for next season's Champions League.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Wednesday it dismissed the 18-time Turkish champion's appeal against a two-year competition ban imposed by UEFA.
"Pursuant to the UEFA decision, which is now confirmed by the CAS, Fenerbahce is excluded from two editions of the UEFA club competitions," the court said in a statement.
CAS also confirmed Metalist Kharkiv's expulsion from the Champions League in another old fixing case involving national league matches. Detailed reasons for the urgent rulings will be published later.
Fenerbahce pledged to challenge the verdict at Switzerland's supreme court, where Metalist has already filed an appeal. Swiss federal judges can intervene if legal process was abused.
"We are determined to continue our legal struggle until the end at every (available) platform," the Istanbul club said in a statement.
Still, the CAS panel's judgment immediately removes Fenerbahce from the group stage of the Europa League.
Fenerbahce was due to join the second-tier competition after being eliminated by Arsenal in the Champions League playoffs on Tuesday.
UEFA said its emergency panel, chaired by President Michel Platini, will meet Thursday in Monaco to "decide on the consequences" of Fenerbahce's expulsion from the Europa League.
UEFA expelled Fenerbahce in June after judging that club officials, who were convicted of corruption in a criminal trial, helped fix matches to win the 2011 Turkish league title.