Spanish FA responds to potential European ban for Osasuna

The Spanish FA has been quick to respond to the statement published on Friday by Osasuna regarding a UEFA investigation. The case could leave the La Liga club without European football next season despite having qualified for the Europa Conference League.

Osasuna learned today of UEFA’s decision regarding their participation in the Conference League. After much deliberation, UEFA inspectors have recommended that the club should not take part in the next edition of the competition. The decision comes as a result of the match-fixing that took place at the Spanish club in the 2013-14 season.

In the letter, the Pamplona-based club claimed that the Spanish FA had not supported them, to which they replied in words via AS: “It is a lack of respect and very serious action that the club is trying to implicate the RFEF (Spanish FA) in this matter, curiously leaving aside, in a subtle way, the origin of the complaints, and it is extremely serious to want to make its magnificent fans believe that the RFEF has not supported or does not support their club.

“The RFEF acted, has acted and will continue to act to defend the interests of the club and the fans at all times and has supported CA Osasuna, as it will be able to prove beyond doubt when appropriate and, when it does so, it hopes that the authors of this statement and its instigators will publicly apologise to the RFEF,” the federation’s statement concluded.

Osasuna did have the support of the Navarra Football Federation, which stated that it “deeply regrets the criterion adopted by UEFA in rejecting the inclusion of CA Osasuna in a European competition whose right to play had been earned on the pitch throughout the season”. It also criticises the treatment the club has received and makes it clear that it will support Osasuna in the case.

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