Real Mallorca to appeal against Europa League ban

Real Mallorca are preparing to appeal against their exclusion from this season's Europa League by Uefa, reports the Guardian.

Real Mallorca are preparing to appeal against their exclusion from this season's Europa League by Uefa, reports the Guardian.

The governing body ruled yesterday that the club had not fulfilled the admission criteria and the requisite licence had not been granted.

The club's lawyer, Luis Huerta, said in a statement that an appeal would be lodged once more was known about Uefa's decision.

"This decision is seriously harmful to the club's administration process as there were a series of revenues expected ... that would have allowed payments to creditors," Huerta added.

The world No1 tennis player and Mallorca native Rafa Nadal became a shareholder in the club this month and his uncle, the former Spain defender Miguel Angel Nadal, is an assistant to the club's new coach, Michael Laudrup.

"I am optimistic," Laudrup said in a statement on the club's website. "It doesn't seem logical that this could happen. I don't think we'll stay out."