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Sion row set to continue after Swiss club lose latest battle

Swiss club FC Sion has lost its legal battle with UEFA to be re-instated in the Europa League after they were disqualified for fielding ineligible players in their play-off victory over Celtic.

But Matt Taylor, an associate at international law firm Eversheds, says that is unlikely to be the end of the matter.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport regularly deals with regulatory disputes across a wide range of sports," he said.

"The FC Sion case is an interesting one because the referral to CAS was made by UEFA and not by FC Sion, with UEFA asking CAS, amongst other things, to uphold its original decision to expel FC Sion from this year’s Europa League for fielding ineligible players in the qualifying rounds."

Taylor added: “CAS has found in UEFA’s favour and upheld the original decision. However, in this particular case FC Sion does have the right to appeal that ruling to the Swiss Federal Tribunal provided that any appeal is made within 30 days of the CAS decision.

"This means that this case is likely to continue well into the new year and may not be finally determined until the 2011-2012 Europa League competition is nearly concluded – by which stage a victory for FC Sion may be relatively hollow as re-entry into the competition will be impossible.”

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