CAS block Jeonbuk’s appeal

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have upheld Jeonbuk Motors’ ban from the AFC Champions League in 2017.

Jeonnuk lifted the AFC Champions League in 2016.

However, they will not be given the chance to defend that title in 2017.

On the 18th of January of this year, they were banned from entering the competition by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for their part in a referee-bribery scandal that dates back to 2013.

It is believed that one of the club’s scouts was instructed to pay referees to assist in the winning of certain matches.

Jeonbuk then lodged an appeal to CAS but the body has now dismissed that appeal.

A statement from the AFC confirmed the news.

“The AFC has today received an order from the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] rejecting the request for provisional measures made by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in relation to the club’s entry into the 2017 AFC Champions League.

“The AFC notes the decision, as it is the utmost priority for the AFC to protect the integrity and image of its competitions.”

The club’s place in Group H will be taken by Jeju United.