19:33 16.08.2013

Supreme Court of Switzerland unprecedentedly reaffirms suspension of CAS ruling on Metalist vs. Karpaty match, says Metalist

The Supreme Court of Switzerland will revise completely the ruling of the Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne (CAS) regarding the alleged fixing of a match played between FC Metalist Kharkiv and FC Karpaty Lviv in 2008.

"The Supreme Court of Switzerland unprecedentedly reaffirmed the suspension of decision made by Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne. This time, according to the order of the Court, the suspension applies to both FC Metalist, and the team's sporting director Yevhen Krasnikov. Thus, the conclusion of CAS about Metalist's involvement in a match-fixing will be fully revised, including the role of Krasnikov. The decision of the Supreme Court of Switzerland was directed by the Court to CAS," reads a posting on Metalist's Web site quoting First Vice-President of FC Metalist Kostiantyn Pyvovarov.

Pyvovarov stressed that Metalist repeats its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, with a petition to suspend the decision of UEFA and to allow Metalist to the Champions League.

As reported, on August 2, 2013, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne decided to deprive Metalist of bronze medals for the 2007/2008 season of the Ukrainian league for the alleged fixing of a match played between Metalist and Karpaty Lviv in 2008. However, Metalist and Karpaty were not deprived of nine points in the 2011/2012 season, therefore the standings in the Ukrainian Premier League remain unchanged.

The court also banned FC Metalist Sports Director Yevhen Krasnikov from carrying out any football-related activity for five years, and imposed a fine of $10,000.

On August 7, Metalist Kharkiv won through to the Champions League playoffs by beating Greece's PAOK 3-1 on aggregate (2-0 away and 1-1 at home). Germany's Schalke became Metalist's opponent in the Champions League play-offs. The teams were expected to play in Gelsenkirchen on August 21 and in Kharkiv on August 27.

On August 12, Metalist filed an appeal with the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland against the CAS ruling.

On August 14, the UEFA Appeals Body announced its decision to disqualify Metalist Kharkiv from UEFA competitions for the 2013/2014 season following the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings against the Ukrainian club. On the same day, the UEFA Emergency Panel decided to replace Metalist with PAOK FC for the remainder of the 2013/14 club competitions.

On August 16, the Supreme Court of Switzerland suspended a ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, which declared a Ukrainian league match between Metalist Kharkiv and Karpaty Lviv played in 2008 to have been fixed.

On the same day, CAS dismissed Metalist's petition to suspend the decision of the Appeals Committee of UEFA on disqualification of Metalist in the current season in European competition. UEFA, in turn, welcomes with decision of the court.

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