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CAS to decide over FIFA points deduction for Almeria in La Liga

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Almeria were deducted three points for alleged debts on a past transfer by FIFA.

Spanish radio network, Cadena SER, have reported that on 20th May - just three days ahead of the final day of the season in La Liga - CAS will decide whether the FIFA points deduction imposed on UD Almeria, will be upheld or dismissed.

FIFA issued Almeria with a three point deduction from their La Liga standing in February 2015, for allegedly having failed to pay a debt to another club.

That case had been lodged by Danish side Aalborg, who claimed the Spanish side owed them a €60,000 solidarity payment, for defender Michael Jakobsen, who played with the club between 2010 and 2012, then moved on to FC Copenhagen.

Almeria strongly denied these claims, per Inside Spanish Football, insisting that the payments had been made, but the case remained open and FIFA issued their punishment. As such, the Andaluz club lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), insisting that they have done nothing wrong.

CAS have now announced that a final decision will be made on 20th May, as to whether the points deduction will remain, which affects not just Almeria, but other clubs battling for survival at the foot of La Liga.

Sitting in the bottom three, Deportivo La Coruña on 30 points, and Granada on 28 points, could both benefit if the points deduction for Almeria is maintained. La Liga governing body, LFP, have refused to show the points deduction in their published league table, pending the outcome of the appeal with CAS.

On the pitch, Almeria battled back from two goals behind against Celta Vigo on Monday night, earning a point from a 2-2 draw at home. With three games remaining, they now stand on 32 points and are outside the relegation zone.

However, that will change if the three points are eventually deducted, meaning they could head into their final game of the campaign, inside the bottom three.

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