Partizani replace Skenderbeu in UCL draw after match-fixing ruling upheld
UEFA has said Albanian champions Skenderbeu will be replaced in the Champions League by runners-up Partizani Tirana after being found guilty of match-fixing.
The development comes after a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling upheld Skenderbeu's expulsion from the qualifying rounds.
Skenderbeu's name had been kept in the second-round qualifying draw, in which they had been due to play Hungarian club Ferencvaros, until the CAS verdict on Wednesday.
In a statement, UEFA confirmed that Partizani would step in from the Europa League, with Slovan Bratislava going into the Europa League second qualifying round as a result.
Partizani will now take on Ferencvaros in a two-legged qualifying tie later this month, while Bratislava will play either Breidablik of Iceland or Jelgava of Latvia.
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