Egypt's El-Hadary curse ends as FC Sion alleges Europa League return

AP, Tuesday 13 Sep 2011

Swiss club FC Sion claims it has been reinstated in the Europa League after winning a provisional decision from a civil court in UEFA’s home canton (state)

Essam El-Hadary
Essam El-Hadary

Sion says the judges’ interim measure in Vaud means it can replace Scottish club Celtic and face Atletico Madrid on Thursday in Spain.

The civil ruling was announced while UEFA’s appeal panel was in session hearing Sion challenge its exclusion for fielding ineligible players in a playoff victory against Celtic.

Sion lawyers went to civil courts after losing verdicts at FIFA, UEFA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Swiss supreme court.

Sion broke FIFA transfer rules in 2008 by luring goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary to walk out on Egyptian club Ahly.

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