Turkish club Fenerbahce has been expelled from the Europa League and barred from qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
They lost the UEFA Champions League group stage qualification two-legged play-off matches by a 5-0 aggregate to Arsenal and were due to enter the Europa League after Tuesday’s return leg at the Emirates Stadium.
Fener were handed a two-year ban from partaking in European competitions in June over match-fixing allegations but were reinstated while an appeal was heard.
The Court of Arbitration for Sports (Cas) has confirmed that it has dismissed the Istanbul-based club’s appeal against the two-year competition ban imposed by UEFA.
UEFA judged that the club officials helped fix matches to win the 2011 Turkish League title.
This will be the second time Fenerbahce are missing out on European competition after they were withdrawn from the 2011/12 Champions League by the Turkish Football Federation pending investigation for match-fixing.
In July 2012, ninety-three people- including club officials, coaches and players- were charged in a civil trial which centered on the club’s league-winning run of 2011.