May 29, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT
Despite securing a place in the Europa League for next season, Serie A side Parma will not be allowed to participate after they lost their appeal against not being granted a UEFA license for next season.
The club is likely to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but Torino have been handed Parma’s place in the Europa League for next season.
Parma took their case to Italy’s High Court but their appeal was rejected after the Italian football federation denied Parma the license following an error which saw the club underpay a tax bill by $408,000. They have been rejected twice for a UEFA license and have now lost their European spot which they fought so hard for during the 2013-14 season.
La Crociati only made the Europa League on the final day of the season after finishing sixth in the standings thanks to a win over Livorno and Torino drawing with Fiorentina in a dramatic finale. Torino finished a point and a place behind Parma but will now prepare for life in the Europa League after this ruling.
Parma were celebrating their first qualification for European soccer since 2007, yet now they are embroiled in a legal battle which will dominate their summer and leave the club and its players in limbo. This issue will also have ramifications on future news signings as players looking to join a club playing European soccer will have to wait and see whether Parma fit the bill.
The other famous case of a European team being banned from continental action occurred back in 2012 when Spanish side Malaga were disqualified from competing in Europe due to financial issues over unpaid bills.
It seems like Europe’s governing body is cracking down hard on clubs who don’t pay up. Let’s see if Parma take this case to the CAS and get anywhere with it.
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