On June 4, Osasuna certified its European classification after beating Girona in El Sadar, which was a celebration for seventh place in the League, which gave it a place in the Conference. However, three days later, several media outlets reported that Osasunista’s participation in the third European competition was in danger, because UEFA had opened a file that could lead to the club’s ineligibility, after months before, the Supreme Court ratified the sentence in which several leaders of Osasuna were sentenced for sports corruption among other crimes.
Mignolet, Jorne Spileers, Tajon Buchanan (Antonio Nusa, min. 71), Maxim De Cuyper, Mechele (Boyata, min. 45), Andreas Skov Olsen (Kyriani Sabbe, min. 78), Raphael Onyedika Nwadike, Hugo Vetlesen, Vanaken, Philip Zinckernagel and Thiago
Herrera, Rubén Peña (Jesús Areso, min. 67), David García, Catena, Juan Cruz (Raul García de Haro, min. 81), Moi Gómez (Aimar Oroz, min. 68), Jon Moncayola, Lucas Torró (Kike Barja , min. 81), Ante Budimir, Chimy Ávila (Rubén García, min. 68) and Mojica
Goles 0-1 min. 26: Mojica. 0-2 min. 52: Ante Budimir. 1-2 min. 72: Thiago. 2-2 min. 76: Andreas Skov Olsen.
Referee Daniel Stefanski
Yellow cards Mechele (min. 9), Chimy Ávila (min. 30), Andreas Skov Olsen (min. 45), Moi Gómez (min. 46), Jon Moncayola (min. 48), Herrera (min. 66), Hugo Vetlesen (min. 70), Thiago (min. 74), Mojica (min. 76), David García (min. 86), Catena (min. 98) and Mignolet (min. 102)
The news fell like a bomb in the offices of El Sadar. The club investigated and confirmed that, indeed, an investigation had been opened. After the initial indignation, the statements attacking UEFA and the Spanish Federation, on June 15 the club presented a first report to try to defend its interests before the European body. There began a battle on several fronts, because Osasuna also went to the ordinary courts. The UEFA file concluded that the Navarrese club was ineligible to play in the European competition, the entity appealed to the CAS, and in the meantime, a court in Pamplona rejected the request for precautionary measures to prevent the sanction. The whole matter was getting very dark, but the Osasuna legal office did its homework; raised an effective defense, and before the CAS ruled, UEFA admitted that a ruling of conformity was issued by which the Pamplona team was admitted to the Conference, although it fined it for going to the ordinary courts and left a sanction suspended. two years in case he did it again.
There were almost two months of struggle that resulted in the entry of the Osasunista stock market into the European hype. They had to play against the winner of the tie between Icelandic Akureyri and Bruges, who won easily. So Osasuna dressed in its best clothes to receive the Belgian team a week ago at El Sadar. The disappointment was great when the rojillos finished the game with an adverse result (1-2). However, the return leg remained and more than a thousand fans traveled with the team to Bruges. And at the Jan Breydel stadium, the miracle almost happened. Osasuna took the lead in the first half with a shot from Mojica that tied the tie. In the second, Budimir headed a closed ball to the far post and put the red team in the group stage. But in three minutes, Bruges woke Osasuna from their slumber. Thiago, in the 73rd minute, went ahead of Mojica to finish with a header and close the gap. Just three minutes later, the Colombian, Osasuna’s protagonist for better or worse, lost a ball in the area that Skov Olsen took advantage of to tie the game and leave Jagoba Arrasate’s team out. After two months of fighting in the offices, Europe has slipped from the Reds’ hands in one week.
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