Greek club Olympiakos Volos have
failed to overturn their exclusion from this season's Europa
League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected
their case, UEFA have announced.
Volos were kicked out of the Europa League by UEFA and
handed a three-season ban for a probationary five-year period
from continental competition last August for their involvement
in a match-fixing scandal.
The club took their case to CAS but it has been rejected.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal
lodged by Greek club Olympiakos Volos against the decision by
the UEFA Appeals Body last August to confirm the club's
exclusion from the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League," UEFA said on
Greece's biggest match-fixing scandal erupted in June and
led to more than 80 people being charged while Volos President
Achilleas Beos was banned for life from all football activities.
Greek football has been plagued by match-fixing problems in
recent years and a recent survey conducted by the International
Federation of Professional Football Players (FIFPro) highlighted
the country as one of Eastern Europe's worst-affected.
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