Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, will not participate in this season’s UEFA Champions League as his Turkish club Fenerbahce and rivals Besiktas have failed in their bid to overturn bans from European competitions. The European football-governing body made the confirmation on Monday.
Both bans were linked to a domestic match-fixing scandal which rocked Turkish football in 2011.
Fenerbahce, who were due to compete in this season’s competition, were banned from European soccer for two seasons and Besiktas, who had qualified for the Europa League, for one season. On July 7, 2011, Yobo’s national team mate Emmanuel Emenike was arrested by the police for the Fernabahce match-fixing allegations before he moved to Spartak Moscow but later got acquitted of the allegation on April 25, 2013.
Fenerbahce and Besiktas asked UEFA in June to re-examine their punishments and in both cases European football’s governing body decided to uphold the sanctions.
It said in a statement, “The UEFA Appeals Body carefully analysed the statements and documents submitted by Besiktas and Fenerbahce related to their specific cases, as well as the statements and documents submitted by the UEFA Disciplinary Inspectors appointed to each case, and reached the following decisions.
“Besiktas have had their appeal rejected. Consequently, Besiktas are not eligible to participate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League.
“Fenerbahce have had their appeal partially admitted. Consequently, Fenerbahce are excluded from participating in the next two UEFA club competitions they qualify for, including the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.”
The clubs have the right to appeal against the decisions at Court of Arbitration for Sport.