Saturday May 9 2015
Genoa denied UEFA licence

Genoa have failed to gain a UEFA licence, which could mean the seventh club in Serie A qualifies for the Europa League.

The battle for a place in the competition looks set to go down to the wire, but some news is set to change the situation all over again.

Genoa saw their application for a UEFA licence rejected by the FIGC, so they would not be able to compete in the Europa League even if they qualified.

The Grifone are the only club to have failed in their bid to get a licence, having turned in paperwork late and also not given a suitable stadium for their home games.

City rivals Sampdoria also play at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, but pledged to have their Europa League home fixtures at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium until restructuring work can be completed.

If Genoa also lose an appeal against the decision, they won’t be allowed to enter UEFA competition and the next placed team in the Serie A table will take their place.

That gives real hope to Torino and Inter, who are in the running for qualification.

Last season Parma were excluded, sending seventh-placed Torino into the Europa League preliminary rounds.

The Granata went as far as the Round of 16, eventually eliminated by Zenit.

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