UEFA Champions League qualifiers: PAOK FC replace suspended Metalist Kharkiv

Modified 17 Aug 2013
Current PAOK coach Huub Stevens

Current PAOK coach Huub Stevens

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) based in Lausanne has rejected the application for provisional measures made by FC Metalist Kharkiv against UEFA’s decision of disqualifying the Ukrainian club from UEFA competitions in the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Earlier, the UEFA Emergency Panel, which is composed of five members of the UEFA Executive Committee, decided to replace Metalist with PAOK FC for the remainder of the 2013-14 club competitions.

PAOK Thessaloniki FC will participate in the UEFA Champions League play-off match against FC Schalke 04, the first leg of which will take place on August 21 in Germany and the return-leg on August 27. What makes this qualification match-up so interesting is the fact that Schalke’s former coach Huub Stevens is now the new PAOK FC coach.

Meanwhile, PAOK will not be replaced in the UEFA Europa League play-offs and their opponents, Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC of Israel, will qualify directly for the tournament’s group stage.

The Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv had previously been found guilty of involvement in match-fixing, in a CAS ruling handed down on August 2.

Published 17 Aug 2013
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