CAS rejects Jeon­buk re­quest to de­fend ACL ti­tle

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) on Fri­day re­jected Jeon­buk Mo­tors’ ap­peal for pro­vi­sional mea­sures to al­low the club de­fend their Asian Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle fol­low­ing the South Korean side’s in­volve­ment in a 2013 bribery scan­dal.

The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion said last month that the En­try Con­trol Body, a ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dent body, had disqual­i­fied Jeon­buk from the con­ti­nent’s premier club com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

“At this stage, the chal­lenged de­ci­sion re­mains in force and the Korean club re­mains in­el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the AFC Cham­pi­ons League 2017,” CAS said in a state­ment.

Jeon­buk were docked nine points and fined $91,000 by the K League’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee in Septem­ber for pay­ments a club scout made to ref­er­ees in 2013.

The club, who fin­ished sec­ond in the K League Clas­sic last sea­son, were crowned cham­pi­ons of Asia in Novem­ber af­ter seal­ing a 3-2 ag­gre­gate vic­tory over United Arab Emi­rates’ side Al Ain.

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