Genoa fail in appeal to obtain UEFA licence

Date: 19th May 2015 at 1:31am
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Genoa have failed in their appeal to gain a UEFA licence which will prevent the Grifone from participating in European competitions next season.

The club’s president Enrico Preziosi has vowed that the Rossoblu will now take their appeal to the Court of Justice.

Genoa are currently sixth in Serie A and on the brink of securing entry to the Europa League qualifiers.

However, without a licence the club will not be allowed to participate in the competition and instead the team that finishes seventh in Serie A will be granted entry to the qualifiers.

After the Grifone were initially refused a licence on the grounds that they were late in submitting paperwork, Preziosi said the club would fight the decision.

“We’ve had a spectacular season, it would be a mockery if we were to qualify for Europe but were not allowed to play,” he told Rai after the initial decision.

“This club is one of the healthiest [financially], there was an error with procedure we shouldn’t be bracketed with Parma.”

If Genoa finish sixth and fail in their bid to overturn the FIGC’s decision to refuse their UEFA licence it means that their rivals Sampdoria as well as Inter and Torino have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League by finishing seventh.


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