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Thu Apr 24 16:17:11 SAST 2014

Judge delays verdict in Sion v UEFA court case

Sapa-AP | 27 September, 2011 16:560 Comments
Views Of Celtic Park After FC Sion Lose Uefa Appeal
A statue of Jock Stein stands outside Celtic Park on September 13, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. Celtic will now face Atletico Madrid in the group stages of this season's Europa League after governing body UEFA rejected Swiss club FC Sion's appeal against expulsion from the competiton for fielding a number of ineligible players
Image by: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

A Swiss judge says she’ll give a ruling within one week in FC Sion’s civil court fight with UEFA to win back its place in the Europa League.

By seeking time to reach a verdict, the judge ensured that Celtic will host Udinese on Thursday.

Sion beat Celtic in the playoff round last month before being expelled by UEFA for fielding ineligible players signed in breach of a transfer ban.

Sion says its lawyers and UEFA presented their full arguments for nearly four hours Tuesday in a cantonal (state) civil court which previously awarded the club an interim ruling to be reinstated.

UEFA ignored that ruling and gave Celtic approval to face Atletico Madrid two weeks ago. Celtic lost 2-0 in Spain.

The group also includes Rennes.

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