Soccer – Derry City Refused Entry Into Europa League

Derry City have been refused entry into next season's Europa League competition by Uefa.  The European football governing body has taken the decision because the club went into liquidation just over two years ago. That led to a European ban for three years and this is the final year of the Candystripes' suspension.  Derry would have been guaranteed at least 110,000 Euros for playing in the competition.The re-formed club, with support from the FAI, asked for the rule to be relaxed but Uefa refused to relent. An application argued that the club was a new entity, and as such was entitled to apply for a licence. The Association will consult with the club regarding the matter and both parties will study the decision in the coming days. Should no appeal of this decision be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Bohemian FC will be nominated for UEFA competition in place of Derry City FC. Derry finished third in last year's Airtricity League Premier Division.