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The Yellow Submarine will replace Real Mallorca...

Spanish club Villarreal have been informed by Europe's football governing body UEFA that they will replace fellow Primera Division club Real Mallorca in the Europa League in 2010-11.

The Yellow Submarine announced on their official website on Friday that UEFA have sent them a letter in which they have said that they will replace the Islanders in the European competition. Mallorca were disqualified from the Europa League on Thursday by UEFA, who stated that financial factors were the reasons for the expulsion of the Balearic club.

Mallorca finished fifth in the Spanish first division last season and by rule are supposed feature in the Europa League. Villarreal finished seventh but they can replace Mallorca as Sevilla, who won the Copa del Rey, finished fourth and will play in the Champions League next season, while Atletico Madrid, who lost in the Spanish Cup final, won the Europa League and will enter the competition as holders.

However, Mallorca have already announced that they plan to appeal against the ruling and said in a club statement:

"This decision is seriously harmful to the club's administration process as there were a series of revenues expected that would have allowed payments to creditors."

Villarreal's participation is still not certain as it is pending Mallorca's appeal and the subsequent decision made by UEFA, but it does look likely that the Yellow Submarine will get a chance to feature in Europe next season.


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