CAS upholds Jeonbuk Motors' ban from Asian Champions League

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has blocked Asian Champions League winners Jeonbuk Motors from defending their title because of a bribery scandal.

CAS says it dismissed the South Korean club's request for an interim order to freeze the ban imposed by the Asian Football Confederation.

The order was issued on Friday, four days before playoff matches involving another Korean club who replaced Jeonbuk Motors.

The AFC says "it is the utmost priority for the AFC to protect the integrity and image of its competitions."

Jeonbuk Motors, who won their second Asian Champions League title in November, were removed from the 2017 competition because a club scout was found guilty of bribing referees in 2014.

The club's place in Group H will be taken by Jeju United.