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Canadians in Europe: Jackson scores for NCFC in friendly, Ricketts’ relegation confirmed by court

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Tosaint Ricketts... CAS rejects Timisoara appeal
At the end of the last European season, Canadian Gold Cup teammates Tosaint Ricketts and Simeon Jackson both had reasons to be excited. Ricketts’ Romanian club, FC Politehnica Timisoara had earned a spot in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Jackson’s Norwich City, thanks to a late-season scoring surge from the pride of Mississauga, Ont., got a ticket to the Premiership. But only one is a good news story, now. This week, Ricketts and his Timisoara teammates got word that the club’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport had been rejected. In May, because of debts, the Romanian federation refused Timisoara’s application for a top-flight licence and barred it from taking the Champions League spot. In fact, the team will be relegated. Meanwhile, Jackson started as the attacking midfielder and scored Wednesday as Norwich played an unusual preseason exhibition, ahem, “match” against two German sides. NCFC held a 4-0 lead at halftime (with Jackson supplying goal No. 3) over Sparta Gottingen. The club then played RSV Gottingen in the second, er, “half.” On Monday, the CAS confirmed that the appeals from Timisoara and three other Romanian clubs whose licences weren’t granted for similar reasons were not valid. That decision condemns Timisoara and Ricketts to relegation. “The four appeals have been dismissed and the challenged decisions taken by the competent authorities in Romania and by UEFA have been confirmed in their entirety,” read the initial ruling from CAS.

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