Football Notes: Málaga Officials To Meet With UEFA Regarding Europa League Inclusion
La Liga side Málaga will meet with UEFA on Tuesday at the central headquarters of the Sports Arbitration Court (TAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland to defend its next participation in the Europa League. Málaga has athletically met the terms of qualification for the competition with a sixth-place finish in La Liga. Málaga VP Moayad Shatat, Dir General Vicente Cosado, Deputy Dir General Manuel Novo, legal counselor Joaquín Jofre and team lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo will complete the club's representation (AS, 6/3). ... Swiss club Aarau's promotion celebrations "turned sour when a fan set off a pyrotechnic device inside a nightclub, sparking a brawl which involved pepper spray and caused the venue to be evacuated and shut" (REUTERS, 6/3). ... Newly promoted Ligue 1 club Nantes has "been banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows," and Guinea forward Ismael Bangoura has been suspended for four months over a transfer dispute. The two parties were also ordered to pay €4.5M ($5.83M) between them to UAE club Al Nasr after the Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement that "it had upheld a FIFA ruling" (REUTERS, 6/3). ... The FA has decided against charging Premier League club West Ham United or League Championship club Millwall "after investigating allegations of discriminatory abuse during two separate matches involving the clubs" (PA, 6/3). ... The German Football Association (DFB) announced that "Berlin and Munich have put forward bids to be considered for a possible tilt at host city status for UEFA Euro 2020." The DFB "will now examine the two cities' claims and will decide on whether to back a single candidate at a board meeting" on Aug. 30 (SOCCEREX, 6/3).