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Football: UEFA launches Nations League

European countries on Thursday voted to launch a Nations League tournament in 2018 to run parallel to the World Cup and European Championship. The 54 UEFA countries will be divided into divisions with promotion and relegation and offer an extra chance to qualify for the European Championship. UEFA's Congress in Astana voted unanimously to start the league. "This is a big step for national teams in Europe and we hope that fans will support the new format," said Wolfgang Niersbach, chairman of the UEFA competition committee.

Football: Champions League qualifying results

Champions League 2nd qualifying round, 2nd leg results on Wednesday: Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) 3 Slovan Bratislava (SVK) 0 Ludogorets Razgrad win 4-2 on aggregate Maribor (SLO) 2 Birkirkara (MLT) 0 Maribor win 2-0 on aggregate Legia Warsaw (POL) 1 The New Saints (WAL) 0 Legia Warsaw win 4-1 on aggregate Partizan Belgrade (SRB) 0 Shirak (ARM) 0 1-1 on aggregate Partizan win on away goals Tuesday Celtic (SCO) 2 Cliftonville (NIR) 0 Celtic (SCO) win 5-0 on agg

Football: Champions League qualifying results

Champions League 2nd qualifying round, 2nd leg early results from the Champions route on Tuesday:

Football: CAS uphold Malaga's European competition ban

Spanish side Malaga will not be able to play in the Europa League next season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld UEFA's one-year European ban, the tribunal announced on Tuesday. The Andalusians were hit with the suspension in December last year over an infringement of UEFA's financial fair play regulations due to outstanding payments that had not been made to other clubs and Spanish tax authorities. Malaga took their appeal to the Lausanne-based CAS but lost.

Malaga CF loses fight against European competition ban

Malaga, Spain, Jun 11 (EFE).- Malaga CF soccer club said Tuesday that the Court of Arbitration for Sport turned down its appeal against a ban that will exclude the Spanish side from European competition for one year. Malaga reached the quarterfinals of the 2012-2013 Champions League, Europe's elite club tourney, and the team's sixth-place finish in La Liga would have entitled them to a berth in the 2013-2014 Europa League.

Football: CAS uphold Malaga's European competition ban

Spanish side Malaga will not be able to play in the Europa League next season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld UEFA's one-year European ban, the tribunal announced on Tuesday. The Andalusians were hit with the suspension in December last year over an infringement of UEFA's financial fair play regulations due to outstanding payments that had not been made to other clubs and Spanish tax authorities. Malaga took their appeal to the Lausanne-based CAS but lost.

Football: UEFA approves 10-game racism ban, blood tests

European football governing body UEFA on Thursday formally ratified plans to impose 10-game European suspensions on players and officials found guilty of racism. Racist behaviour by supporters will initially be punished with a partial stadium closure, with a full stadium closure for a second offence.

Football: Second year of Malaga European ban waived

The second season of a two-year suspension on Malaga competing in European competition has been lifted by UEFA after the Spqnish club proved they have no outstanding debts to other clubs, employees or the tax authorities. Malaga made it to the quarter-finals in their first ever participation in the Champions League this season, but are currently banned from competing in Europe next season should they qualify as UEFA found in December they were in breach of European football´s governing body's new financial fair play rules.

Football: Tebas elected new Spanish league president

Javier Tebas was on Friday named the new president of the Spanish football league. Formerly the second vice-president of the league, Tebas succeeds Jose Luis Astiazaran, who had held the office since 2005. cle/jr/bc/ps

Soccer-UEFA cuts price of cheapest Champions League final tickets

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - UEFA has cut the price of the cheapest seats for the Champions League final at Wembley after the outcry at the cost of tickets for the same fixture two years ago. However, fewer tickets will be available to the general public than in 2011 when Wembley hosted the final between Manchester United and Barcelona.
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