NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA says it dismissed Fenerbahce's protest against Shakhtar Donetsk fielding a player in a Champions League qualifying match who previously tested positive for doping at the Copa America.
The 0-0 result stands for the teams' third qualifying round, first-leg match in Turkey last week ahead of the return match on Wednesday in Lviv, Ukraine.
UEFA says Shakhtar's Brazil midfielder Fred had not been suspended by South American confederation CONMEBOL when the first leg was played.
The 2014-15 season couldn't have ended in a more desperate fashion for Fenerbahce fans, who are used to experiencing an emotional roller coaster.
Having bullets fired at the team bus as it returned from a league fixture at Caykur Rizespor at the beginning of April left everyone connected to the club in a state of a deep shock. To make matters worse, Fenerbahce lost out on the title to bitter Istanbul rivals Galatasaray, despite beating them and Besiktas in a space of two weeks in March.
Monchi has rejected claims that Sevilla turned down the chance to sign Robin van Persie this summer, saying that snubbing the ex-Manchester United striker would be like rejecting Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
The Dutch striker decided to leave after being informed he was no longer in Van Gaal's immediate plans, and told the Sunday Times that problems began to develop after he was an unused substitute in the defeat at Chelsea...