Iran club still banned from AFC Champions League

World sport's highest court has dismissed the appeal of Iranian club Esteghlal Tehran to be reinstated in the AFC Champions League. The Asian Football Confederation disqualified Esteghlal from participating this year after it had failed to meet the deadline to submit its preliminary player registration forms. On 20 March, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, upheld Esteghlal's bid to be provisionally reinstated. Both parties then completed their submissions and the case was referred to a panel of arbitrators. "The CAS panel has found that it had no jurisdiction to rule upon the appeal filed by Estheghlal," the CAS ruled.