UEFA fines Debrecen for using ineligible player

UEFA has fined Debrecen ?15,000 ($19,200) for fielding an

ineligible player in the Europa League, but rejected a protest by

opponent Litex Lovech to kick the Hungarians out of the

competition.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel agreed that Peter Mate should

not have played last Thursday in the second leg of the playoffs.

But UEFA says Debrecen used Mate in good faith as a substitute in

Bulgaria when it led 4-1 on aggregate.

UEFA says Debrecen had ”no interest in fielding this player for

the three last minutes of additional time, when the score was so

clearly in its favor.”

Litex can appeal the ruling before Debrecen opens group play on

Sept. 16 at home against Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv.