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Real Mallorca captain Marti blasts UEFA over Europa League ban

Real Mallorca captain Pep Lluis Marti has blasted UEFA over their Europa League ban.

UEFA announced last month they had denied the Spanish side entry to the upcoming season's competition after deeming that they had fallen foul of financial regulations relating to their debts.

Mallorca appealed the decision, with La Liga rivals Villarreal standing by ready to take their place in the competition, but UEFA announced on Friday the decision would not be overturned.

The club are likely to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but the squad are reeling from the shock.

Marti said: "The feeling of the squad is that we are mad and upset, they've played a really dirty trick on us, we're very hurt...it's difficult to explain, we feel anger, powerlessness against an unfair decision especially because of the results we achieved last season, which saw that a modest team were for 38 rounds in a European position.

"We trusted in the justice and the sportsmanship of football.

"Nothing remains but to look forwards and while there is life there is hope."

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