Salzburg loses bid for Champions League reprieve

Sport’s highest court has rejected an urgent request by Salzburg

for reinstatement in the Champions League because it lost to

Fenerbahce, which is implicated in a match-fixing case.

UEFA says it ”notes with satisfaction” that the Court of

Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday denied Salzburg’s request for an

interim ruling.

The CAS decision came just ahead of Fenerbahce hosting Arsenal

in the first leg of the playoff round.

Fenerbahce beat Salzburg 4-2 on aggregate in the previous

qualifying round.

The Austrian club protested to UEFA, which has allowed

Fenerbahce to play while it appeals at CAS against a two-year ban

from European competitions over a 2011 Turkish match-fixing

case.

CAS began a two-day hearing Wednesday. It has promised a verdict

next Wednesday, one day after Arsenal hosts the return match.