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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sion Appeals Against Replay, UEFA Set to Decide Friday

GENEVA -- Swiss champion Sion has asked soccer's European governing body UEFA to reconsider its decision to order a replay of its first-round, second leg UEFA Cup match against Spartak Moscow.


UEFA said Monday that Sion has lodged an official appeal after its control and disciplinary committee ordered a replay of last week's match, which ended in a 2-2 draw and controversy with the Swiss club arguing the goals were too small.


Sion wants to be awarded a 3-0 win, assuring it a second-round matchup with Spain's Real Valladolid.


A hearing by the UEFA board of appeals has been scheduled for Friday in Geneva.


In an unprecedented decision, UEFA ruled that the match be replayed in Moscow on Oct. 15 while the result of the first leg in Switzerland, which Spartak won 1-0, would still stand.


Sion president Christian Konstanten, in an interview with Swiss newspaper Blick, said he would not travel to Moscow because of fears for his safety.


"There'll be a hot welcome waiting for us in Moscow," he was quoted as saying in Russian sports daily Sports Express.


Konstanten suggested that UEFA move the match to a neutral venue.


Meanwhile, Spartak Moscow strongly denied Monday that club president and chief coach Oleg Romantsev had criticized any UEFA officials for showing bias against Russian clubs.


Romantsev was quoted by a Russian journalist on Saturday as saying he believed some UEFA officials did not like Russian clubs playing in European competitions.


Leicester's hopes of going within one point of leader Arsenal at the top of the English premier league were destroyed by Derby's Italian striker Francesco Baiano in a 2-1 defeat Monday.


The former Fiorentina forward struck two goals as Derby dealt Leicester its first league defeat at home this season.