No European football for Derry

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Derry City will not be playing in European competition next season, the club has confirmed.

A statement on the club’s website says their application has been rejected.

Derry qualified for Europe after finishing third in the Premier Division last season.

But entry into the Europa League has been ruled out because the club went into liquidation two years ago.

The FAI have confirmed Derry would not compete in the Europa League.

“The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed receipt of UEFA’s decision not to grant Derry City FC permission to apply for a licence to play in UEFA competition for the season 2012-13,” a FAI spokesman said.

An application was made to UEFA for a derogation of the ‘three-year’ rule, arguing that the club was a new entity, and as such was entitled to apply for a licence. The Association will consult with the club regarding the matter and both parties will study the decision in the coming days.

Should no appeal of this decision be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Bohemian FC will be nominated for UEFA competition in place of Derry City FC.”

Derry chairman Philip O’Doherty says an appeal against the decision is “unlikely”

Derry City were guaranteed 110,000 euros for competing.