Real Mallorca excluded from Europa League after financial woes
• Uefa: 'The club has not fulfilled its obligations'
• Real Mallorca say decision is 'hard to understand'
The financially troubled Spanish club Real Mallorca have been excluded from this season's European competition by the governing body Uefa. Mallorca finished fifth in La Liga last season and qualified for the Europa League but Uefa said that its Control and Disciplinary Body had decided the club had not fulfilled the admission criteria.
"...the licence of the club was not granted in accordance with the Uefa Club Licensing Regulations, 2008 edition, and the club has not fulfilled its obligations as defined in these regulations," Uefa said in a statement on its website.
Mallorca said in May that they had applied to go into voluntary administration in an effort to sort out their finances. Like many Spanish clubs, they have been slipping ever further into the red due to spiralling wage and transfer costs and a recent University of Barcelona study indicated they had debts of around €85m (£71.7m).
The world No1 tennis player and Mallorca native Rafa Nadal became a shareholder in the club this month and his uncle, the former professional footballer Miguel Angel Nadal, is assistant to the new coach Michael Laudrup.
Mallorca, who have three days to decide whether to appeal, said they were surprised by the decision. "Real Mallorca profoundly regrets the disappointment this decision by Uefa, which is hard to understand and without precedent, will cause among our fans," a club statement said.