UEFA expels Metalist Kharkiv from Champs League

UEFA expels Metalist Kharkiv from Champions League for match-fixing, could reinstate PAOK

UEFA expels Metalist Kharkiv from Champs League

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has disqualified Metalist Kharkiv from the Champions League for links to match-fixing and could now reinstate PAOK Thessaloniki.

Metalist was scheduled to play Schalke next Wednesday in the first leg of the playoff round, after eliminating PAOK in the third qualifying round last week.

UEFA says its emergency panel will meet later Wednesday "to consider the consequences of the decision."

However, Metalist will likely challenge UEFA with an urgent appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The club could also ask CAS to freeze sanctions while the case is processed, allowing its debut Champions League campaign to continue.

UEFA charged Metalist last week after CAS upheld sports director Yevhen Krasnikov's five-year ban imposed by the Ukrainian Football Federation.

Krasnikov allegedly helped fix a 2008 Ukrainian league match.

Updated : 2021-04-14 00:03 GMT+08:00