UEFA president Michel Platini was questioned by a Swiss court on Wednesday about why European football’s governing body has not yet implemented a ruling ordering FC Sion’s reinstatement to the Europa League.
Sion were kicked out of Europe’s second tier competition for fielding ineligible players in their playoff tie against Celtic in August.
The Swiss top-flight side signed six new players in the summer despite being subject to a transfer ban imposed by FIFA after the club were ruled to have induced an Egyptian player to break a contract with his old club to join them in 2008.
The club lost a UEFA appeal but won an injunction in their favour at a Swiss court defying FIFA and UEFA rules which ban clubs from taking their cases outside sporting tribunals such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
UEFA spokesman Alexandre Fourtoy said: “The Europa league has rules which are published long before the beginning of the competition. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is part of these rules. My question is simple: should we be able to play when we do not respect the rules?”
Sion’s persistence could pay dividends as UEFA, who will be fined 1,000 Swiss Francs each day the court order is not carried out, is now discussing various scenarios of reinstating the club should they win an appeal at the CAS.