In the First Decision of 29 May 2017, UEFA rejected CSKA-Sofia’s application for an exception to the “three-year rule”, i.e. the rule providing that a licence applicant must be a registered member of a UEFA member association for at least three consecutive years. As a consequence, UEFA indicated that CSKA-Sofia would not be able to apply for a UEFA licence for the UEFA club competitions in connection with seasons 2017/18 and 2018/19.
However, on 19 June 2017, UEFA wrote to the BFU informing it that CSKA-Sofia could not be admitted to the UEFA Club Competitions 2017/2018 due to the “three-year rule” (the Second
On 19 June 2017 CSKA–Sofia filed a second request for interim measures, seeking a stay of execution of the Second Decision pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings. This request was dismissed by the CAS today.
On 23 June 2017, CSKA Sofia filed a further appeal at the CAS, against the Second Decision, but this time against both UEFA and Dunav Ruse, the Bulgarian club admitted by UEFA in the Europa League 2017/18 in place of CSKA-Sofia. The appeal was accompanied by a third request for interim measures requesting a stay of the execution of the Second Decision pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings. This request was also dismissed by the CAS today.
As a consequence and for the time being, CSKA-Sofia remains ineligible to participate in the UEFA Europa League 2017/18.
The two CAS arbitration procedures will continue and a final decision will be issued at a later date.