Genoa withdrew their UEFA license appeal and are officially out of the Europa League and their spot will go to Sampdoria. The Grifone finished sixth in the Serie A table, so should have gone into the Europa League along with Fiorentina and Napoli. After documents were improperly filed last month and the club failed to meet code for their Stadio Luigi Ferraris, their appeal was rejected.
The Grifone are being punished for missing a deadline to name a suitable stadium to play in. Their home ground, the Stadio Luigi Ferrais, requires redevelopment work to meet UEFA standards. Genoa failed to nominate a replacement stadium for next year’s Europa League as the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, which they ironically share with Sampdoria, undergoes renovation. Fortunately for Sampdoria they nominated Sassuolo’sMapei Stadiumwhich is over 230 km away and they can now take their rivals place despite finishing a place below them in the standings.
Genoa had several appeals rejected and today their lawyer MattiaGrassani announced he was withdrawing the final appeal to the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee).“Out of a sense of responsibility and respect towards the institutions, considering the insistence of the FIGC and very rigorous rules surrounding the UEFA license, we withdrew our appeal.”
Sampdoria defender Lorenzo De Silvestri says his side are very proud of what they have achieved this season and that they would happily take over Genoa’s Europa League spot after their city rivals were disqualified from next season’s competition. Samp finished seventh in Serie A this term, three points behind Genoa in sixth, but Genoa will not be able to compete on the continent owing to an administrative error.
De Silvestri said, “On the field, Genoa deserved the qualification for Europe but if corporate matters prevent them from taking part, we will be happy to do so. We would have to be happy. Some have said we should not participate but it would be an opportunity for this team to grow and also very important from the financial point of view of the club.”
And reflecting on how he felt the campaign had gone, the 27-year-old right-back added, “We are happy with 56 points because at the start of the season we would not have expected this. I must congratulate the whole squad and the technical staff.”
Southampton will play in Europe for the first time since 2003; that is, when they lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, and only the second time in 30 years.