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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 January, 2004, 09:59 GMT
Uefa blow for cash-strapped clubs
Lee Wilkie in action against Perugia
Dundee played in this season's Uefa Cup
The Scottish FA have confirmed that clubs in administration will not play in Europe next season.

A ban would currently apply to SPL sides Dundee and Motherwell.

Uefa's tough new licensing system means clubs must demonstrate fiscal prudence - and teams will be banned if they owe money to players.

"Had these rules been in place last year, Dundee would not have been allowed to enter this season's Uefa Cup", said an SFA spokesman.

Other criteria that must be met to satisfy Uefa include pitch size and media facilities.

And one of the reasons Hearts are considering a move away from Tynecastle is their inadequate playing field.

"It's up to the national associations to evaluate whether or not the criteria have been fulfilled," a Uefa spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

Both Dundee and Motherwell are still in the Scottish Cup and could reach the Uefa Cup via their final league position.

"As things stand, it's quite feasible that neither club would be nominated by us," said SFA press officer Andy Mitchell.

"A club whose pitch is not the proper size can always arrange to play home matches at another ground, but transferring debt is not so simple.

"Uefa have made it quite clear that that these are their competitions and therefore clubs must comply with their rules."





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