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Cliftonville miss out on Europa League reprieve

Spas Delev in action against Cliftonville at Windsor Park
Spas Delev in action against Cliftonville at Windsor Park

Cliftonville have failed in their bid to get reinstated into the Europa League after a player eligibility row involving CSKA Sofia's Spas Delev.

Uefa investigated alleged paperwork discrepancies in the striker's loan move from FC Pirin to Sofia.

Delev played in the 2-1 win over the Irish League side on 5 August, three days after his club contract expired.

But the Reds didn't register a protest within the stipulated 24 hours and Uefa has confirmed that CSKA will progress.

Sofia, who play Welsh champions TNS in a Europa Cup play-off first-leg clash on Thursday, defeated the north Belfast side 5-1 on aggregate in the third round qualifier with Delev playing in the second leg at Windsor Park.

The Bulgarian U21 forward joined Sofia from FC Pirin in a one-year loan deal in 2009, with the possibility of making his move permanent.



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