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'UEFA has driven Malaga out of Europe'

The club's general manager Vicente Casado believes the ruling to uphold the Andalusians' ban from continental competition to be unjust and unclear

Malaga claims it “doesn’t understand” the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to uphold the club’s ban from Europe.

Los Boquerones were suspended from participating in the Champions League or Europa League for one full season after UEFA ruled it had failed to adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations.

Malaga took its case to CAS but was informed earlier this week that the ban would be upheld - much to the frustration of club general manager Vicente Casado, who insists the reasons behind the club's suspension remain unclear.

“Our immediate reaction is of indignation and a real sense of injustice. We’ve been fighting our corner with the team and the whole city behind us, and we failed,” Vicente Casado told reporters hours after the decision. “We literally feel driven out of the competition. The club has been working tirelessly for a year in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, which was proven by the granting of the UEFA Licence.

“We haven’t had the full explanation as yet, but we don’t understand the basic reasoning behind the decision.”

Along with the ban from European competition, Malaga was also fined 300,000 euros.

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