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Arsenal to face Fenerbahce

The Champions League playoff round draw which was made in Nyon, Switzerland.
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Arsenal have been drawn to face Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Champions League playoffs.

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Fenerbahce are awaiting a final ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over whether they will be allowed to go into the competition proper this season, having been banned from competing in Europe by UEFA for match-fixing in domestic competition.

They have challenged that ruling and a CAS verdict is due before the group stage draw is made, but home and away matches against Arsenal stand to go ahead before that decision arrives.

UEFA today said no decision has yet been made regarding what would happen in the event of Fenerbahce winning the tie and losing their CAS appeal.

Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish Super Lig last season, while Arsenal took fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

Celtic have been drawn against Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan in what appears a favorable draw, travel notwithstanding, for Neil Lennon's team as they bid to reach the group stages.

Former European champions PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan will meet in a mouthwatering tie.

PSV, under Phillip Cocu, have undergone some major squad reconstruction this summer with the likes of Kevin Strootman, Dries Mertens, Erik Pieters and Jeremain Lens all leaving the Philips Stadion with Park Ji-sung, Stijn Schaars, Adam Maher and Jeffrey Bruma coming in.

Real Sociedad's reward for their impressive Primera Division campaign is a two-legged tie with French giants Lyon.

The San Sebastian club finished fourth last term but have since lost coach Philippe Montanier to Rennes and key midfielder Asier Illarramendi to Real Madrid.

Schalke meet Metalist Kharkiv while Zenit St Petersburg will be confident of seeing off Pacos Ferreira.

Swiss champions Basle, semi-finalists in the Europa League last season, meet Ludogorets Razgrad, Dinamo Zagreb take on Austria Vienna, Viktoria Plzen face Maribor and Legia Warsaw were paired with Steaua Bucharest.

The UEFA Champions League Play-Off draw is as follows:

Dinamo Zagreb v FK Austria Vienna
Ludogorets v Basle
Plzen v Maribor
Shakhtyor Karaganda v Celtic
Steaua Bucuresti v Legia Warsaw
Lyon v Real Sociedad
Schalke 04 v FC Metalist Kharkiv
Pacos Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg
PSV v AC Milan
Fenerbahce v Arsenal

Ties to be played 20/21 and 27/28 August

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