Real must choose between Huntelaar and Diarra: UEFAReal Madrid must choose between new signings Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (born August 12, 1983 in Drempt, Gelderland, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Ajax and the Netherlands. He previously represented PSV Eindhoven, De Graafschap, AGOVV Apeldoorn, and SC Heerenveen. and Lassana Diarra Lassana Diarra (born March 10, 1985 in Paris, France) is a French footballer of Malian descent, who plays for English Premier League club Arsenal. His predominant position is defensive midfielder, but he can also play at right back. to play in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, UEFA UEFA Union of European Football Associations
UEFA n abbr (= Union of European Football Associations) → U.E.F.A. spokesman William Gaillard William Gaillard is the director of communications and Public Affairs for Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He is also the Senior Advisor to the President of UEFA Michel Platini. said on Spanish radio.
"I am very sorry, but the rules are what they are and they cannot be changed in the middle of a season," he said on Onda Cero radio. "That means that only one of the two players can play in the Champions League...
"They can include either Huntelaar or Diarra."
The Spanish champions, plagued by injuries and poor form this season, signed Dutch striker Huntelaar and French midfielder Diarra this month from Ajax and English side Portsmouth respectively.
But under UEFA rules only one of them can play in the Champions League as both have have already represented their former clubs in Europe this season.
Real had hoped to convince European football's governing body Noun 1. governing body - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he to agree to a different interpretation of the rule so that both players could take part.
The club has been drawn against Liverpool in the Champions League first knockout round on February 25 and March 10.
The club - who are fifth in the Spanish title race some 12 points adrift of Barcelona - have suffered season-ending injuries to key players Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy Rutgerus Johannes Martinius van Nistelrooy (originally spelled Van Nistelrooij) (born 1 July 1976 in Oss, North Brabant) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre forward for Real Madrid and the Dutch national team. and Malian midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.
UEFA rules for the 2008-09 season state that a club may register up to three new players for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
But only one of these can be a player who has represented his former club in Europe, and provided it was in another European competition. Both Ajax and Portsmouth were competing in the UEFA Cup this season.