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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Levitsky Ineligible

Spartak Moscow goalkeeper Maxim Levitsky will be ineligible for a Champions League match next month because his transfer registration papers are being held up by former side St. Etienne, Spartak said Tuesday.

The Ukrainian was banned until Feb. 18 from French League soccer two weeks ago for playing under a false Greek passport.

But Spartak says the suspension does not apply in Russia or European competition and are upset at St. Etienne's stance.

"We have asked St. Etienne to send us Levitsky's transfer [papers] so we could register him for our first Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Feb. 13," Spartak technical director Alexander Shikunov said Tuesday.

"But they refused, saying it can only be done after his suspension runs out."

Spartak signed the 28-year-old Ukraine international from St. Etienne on a four-year contract last month.

Each club involved in the second phase of the Champions League, which will restart next month after the winter break, can add up to three new players to their squad before the Feb. 1 deadline.

Clubs can also register an extra goalkeeper at any time if two of them are injured. Spartak said both of their reserve keepers, Andrei Smetanin and Maxim Kabanov, are out indefinitely after surgery, leaving them with only one healthy goalkeeper.

Shikunov said that in any case Spartak will register Levitsky for their next Champions League fixture, also against Bayern, on Feb. 21.

No one was available for comment on the matter at St. Etienne on Tuesday.