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Joaquin hits out at European ban

Joaquin says the European ban imposed on Malaga is unfair as the relatively small La Liga club are just being singled out as an example to others.

UEFA announced in December that that Malaga would be banned from European competition for one season the next time they qualify and fined €300,000, having been found guilty of financial irregularities which included unpaid wages to players.

With the Qatari-backed club currently sitting in the final Champions League position they are well placed to qualify for Europe next season, but they will not be permitted to take up their rightful berth.

Malaga reacted angrily, with director general Vicente Casado claiming in January that the club's finances are now in order and that they are actually a model of financial fair-play. He stated that the club would appeal UEFA's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Speaking to Spanish radio station RNE on Thursday, the former Betis and Valencia winger used a traditional Spanish term for scapegoat to describe the reasoning he saw behind the move by the European footballing authorities.

"UEFA have picked us out as a 'Turks head' to make an example," Joaquin said. "We have paid for other people's mistakes. I do not believe we are the first club to have problems with wages. They have been very tough. They would not have done this to a big European club."

Malaga, who topped their Champions League group ahead of Milan and Zenit St Petersburg, face FC Porto away in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Tuesday at the Estadio do Dragao.

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