Rayo Vallecano are set to miss out on this season’s Europa League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it could not grant the club a UEFA licence.
Rayo finished eighth last season, which would have been enough to qualify for the tournament as a result of Malaga’s own exclusion from European competition, but the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) denied them a licence last May.
Rayo had appealed, but CAS has ruled that the decision is out of its jurisdiction.
The RFEF maintains Rayo cannot be granted a licence as they still have outstanding debts, but the Madrid-based side say they are unable to pay off their dues as a result of going into administration.
Rayo have vowed to “continue with the appeal” and “use all avenues within our jurisdiction”.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.