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Panathinaikos to appeal over Europa League rejection

Greek Super League football club Panathinaikos will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after its bid to secure a licence to play in European competitions next season was rejected.

The Athens club failed to qualify for Europe, but remained hopeful a place could be available with UEFA yet to announce a decision on an application by PAS Giannina to play in the Europa League. The club was only able to secure its licence to participate in the Greek Super League after a second appeal following turmoil in the boardroom.

The club stated: “Panathinaikos informs its fans that unfortunately it is not licensed to participate in European competitions next season as UEFA accepted the recommendations of the Hellenic Football Federation.

“We still believe that our records and application was complete and sufficient and for this reason we will take our case directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

UEFA reportedly said that it did not expect to make an announcement this week regarding PAS Giannina. Skoda Xanthi would take Giannina’s place in the Europa League if the latter is not granted a licence.