Osasuna will not play in Europe next season. Despite finishing seventh in La Liga, and qualifying for the Conference League, UEFA has left the Spanish side out of the competition due to match-fixing in the 2013-14 season.
A club statement on Tuesday read:
“The members of the UEFA Appeals Committee did not take into account the allegations submitted by the club last Friday and reaffirmed the initial ruling of the inspectors of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. The reasons for the Appeal Committee’s decision to exclude Osasuna will be communicated to the club in the coming days.
“Club Atlético Osasuna does not share UEFA’s criteria nor the investigation of the case carried out and regrets the wrong message that UEFA sends to the football world by punishing those who denounce corruption and pursue it judicially.”
“Finally, Club Atlético Osasuna will continue to deploy all the legal instruments at its disposal to stand up to UEFA and put an end to what it considers to be a serious violation of its rights.”