The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has temporarily suspended the ban placed on Turkish clubs Fernabahce and Besiktas, which prevents the duo from taking part in European leagues draws scheduled for next month, pending the outcome of a court hearing.
Fernabahce was suspended in June for two years by UEFA for their alleged indictment in Turkish League match-fixing scandal, and were reported to be out of this year’s competition. Besiktas was due to miss next season’s Europa League after receiving a one-year ban from Europe’s football governing body.
They now both qualify for Friday’s preliminary-round draw, but could still be banned from the group stage once Cas makes its final decision.
Cas’ final decision on Fernabahce will be made public on 28 August, the day before the Champions League group-stage draw.
Besiktas knows their fate on August 30, the day for the Europa League group-stage draw.