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Sion appeal rejected by Swiss court

Uefa have dismissed claims that the club have been unfairly treated, paving the way for Celtic to compete in the Europa League group stages.

FC Sion head coach Didier Tholot will be disappointed at his side's failure to overturn the ban.
FC Sion head coach Didier Tholot will be disappointed at his side's failure to overturn the ban.

FC SION’S APPEAL against the decision to exclude them from the Europa League has been dismissed by a Swiss court, saying the case falls outside their jurisdiction.

The club have until 11pm to appeal Uefa’s decision according to reports.

The club had previously been thrown out of the competition after fielding ineligible players – who were subject to a transfer ban – against Celtic, enabling Neil Lennon’s men to progress into the group stages, despite losing to the Swiss side over two legs.

A statement from the Valais court read as follows:

“According to applicable law, the dispute does not have sufficiently close links with the canton of Valais to have a basis of jurisdiction with the local judicial authorities.”

Celtic’s place in the group stages of the Europa League will be confirmed unless Sion appeal the decision by tonight.

The first round of group games are set to take place on 15 September, with Celtic due to kick off their campaign against Atletico Madrid, barring a late reversal of the decision.

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