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UEFA bans cash-strapped Real Mallorca from Europa League

In May the Balearic club applied to go into voluntary administration with rumoured debts of €50 million to €60 million.

A statement by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body said: “On the basis of all expert reviews which have been undertaken, the Control and Disciplinary Body ruled that the club does not fulfil the necessary admission criteria [Article 2.07 of the Regulations of the UEFA Europa League], as the licence of the club was not granted in accordance with the UEFA Club Licensing Regulations, 2008 edition, and the club has not fulfilled its obligations as defined in these regulations.”

A statement on Mallorca’s official website read: “Uefa’s decision is quite surprising in substance and form. The club will consider legal steps to follow upon receipt of the resolution in its entirety. RCD Mallorca deeply regrets the disappointment that Uefa’s decision (which is unprecedented and not understandable) will cause our fans.”

Mallorca is expected to launch an appeal against the ruling in the next few days. If they fail, Villarreal would be in line to take their place in the Europa League.