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NYON---Reprieved from a match-
fixing ban to enter the Champions
League, Fenerbahce was drawn yes-
terday to play Salzburg in the third
The Turkish league runner-up had
been excluded by UEFA, but reached
agreement on Thursday at the Court
of Arbitration for Sport to freeze the
sanction and play before its appeal
is judged next month.
In some of the other 15 drawn pair-
ings, Zenit St Petersburg will play
Nordsjaelland, 1988 winner PSV
Eindhoven faces Champions League
debutant Zulte Waregem of Belgium,
and Metalist Kharkiv will travel to
play PAOK Thessaloniki of Greece.
Fenerbahce officials declined to
discuss the 18-time Turkish cham-
pion s legal problems at UEFA head-
quarters. Still, the uncertainty involves
Salzburg, a potential playoff round
opponent next month---including
Arsenal or AC Milan---and Turkish
league rival Bursaspor, which was on
standby to take the vacant place in
"Of course, we are a little bit con-
fused about things that happened
yesterday," Salzburg official Mark
Lang said. "We don t have any influ-
ence on these decisions."
CAS set an August 28 deadline---
the eve of the group-stage draw---to
give a verdict in Fenerbahce s appeal
against a two-year ban from UEFA
competitions. Club officials were con-
victed in a Turkish criminal court of
helping to fix matches to win the
Turkish title in 2011. They deny
wrongdoing and have appealed.
Still, the Turkish Football Federation
withdrew Fenerbahce just before the
2011-12 Champions League groups
draw, and UEFA reinstated Trabzon-
spor, which had lost in the qualifiers.
If Fenerbahce wins through to the
group stage yet loses its legal challenge
at CAS, UEFA must decide which
team would take its place in the 32-
team draw in Monaco. The simplest
solution is for Salzburg to win a two-
leg series which opens in Austria on
July 30 or 31, and concludes in Turkey
on August 6 or 7.
Bursaspor officials, attending the
subsequent Europa League draw,
acknowledged having no idea if their
club could yet be upgraded to Europe s
marquee club competition.
PAOK was also affected, because
Fenerbache s reinstatement as a seed-
ed team knocked the Greek league
runner-up down into the pool of
unseeded clubs. PAOK will host Met-
alist in an empty stadium, as the club
serves a UEFA ban for crowd violence
in a Europa League match last season.
Fenerbahce gets Salzburg in Champs League prelims
NYON---Two-time champion Sevilla will face
Mladost of Montenegro or Senica of Slovakia in
the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Sevilla, which won the UEFA Cup in 2006 and
07, plus Swansea, Stuttgart and Udinese were in
yesterday s draw as Europe s top-ranked leagues
joined the competition.
English League Cup winner Swansea begins
against former European Cup finalist Malmo or
Scottish club Hibernian.
Stuttgart was paired with Zrinjski of Bosnia-
Herzegovina or Botev Plovdiv of Bulgaria. Udinese
will play Pavlodar of Kazakhstan or Siroki Brijeg
Bursaspor of Turkey should play Vojvodina of
Serbia or Honved of Hungary, though it could be
upgraded to the Champions League if Fenerbahce
is expelled for match-fixing.
The first legs will be played August 1, with the
return on August 8. (AP)
FRANKFURT---Bert Trautmann, a former German
WWII prisoner of war who became Manchester
City s goalkeeper and helped the team win the FA
Cup despite a broken neck for the last 17 minutes
of the 1956 final, has died, the German football fed-
eration said. He was 89.
The federation said Trautmann died in La Llosa,
near Valencia, Spain, where he lived. Trautmann s
wife Marlies told the federation he died yesterday
Trautmann had suffered two heart attacks this
year but appeared to have recovered well.
Manchester City called Trautmann one of the
club s "greatest goalkeepers of all time and a true
Trautmann was revered for his performance in
Manchester City s 1956 FA Cup final win over Birm-
Born in Bremen between the two World Wars,
Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe and served as a
paratrooper during World War II, earning an Iron
Captured by the British as the war drew to a close,
he was moved to a prisoner of war camp in Lancashire
and later declined to be repatriated, adopting England
as his home for nearly two decades.
Trautmann was the first German to play in a Wem-
bley FA Cup final when City finished runner-up to
Newcastle in 1955. One year later, Trautmann became
the hero of City s triumph. (AP)
Sevilla faces trip
to east in Europa
Former POW, Man
City keeper Bert
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