UEFA Open Match-Fixing Case Against Metalist Kharkiv

August 7, 2013

UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv over match-fixing, buy which could see the club banned from this season’s Champions League.

Metalist’s case will be heard in Nyon on Tuesday, meaning the outcome will not disrupt their Champions League play-off round against PAOK Thessaloniki.

UEFA can issue a team as ineligible for their competitions if they are found to be involved in match-fixing, since 2007 when the UEFA statues were changed.

A UEFA statement read: “Proceedings have been opened against Metalist under articles 2.04g, 2.05 and 2.10 of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League regulations, regarding the admission criteria for participation in UEFA competitions.

“Due to the urgency of the case and in accordance with article 23.3 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations, the case has been referred directly to the UEFA appeals body.

“The case will be heard on Tuesday 13 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.”

Metalist played in last year’s Europa League but were dumped out of the competition in the first knock out round by Newcastle United.