Fenerbahce's appeal against a two-season expulsion from the Champions League for match-fixing will open hours before it plays Arsenal in the first leg of a playoff.

From Lausanne, Switzerland, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says it set Wednesday and Thursday to hear Fenerbahce's lawyers challenge sanctions imposed by UEFA.

CAS says it expects to issue a verdict on Aug. 28, the day after Arsenal hosts the return match.

The Champions League group stage draw is made Aug. 29 in Monaco.

UEFA expelled Fenerbahce from its competitions in June after judging that club officials helped fix matches to win the 2011 Turkish league title.

UEFA rules bar clubs which are implicated in fixing matches played since April 2007.

All parties agreed to let Fenerbahce continue playing Champions League matches until the final verdict.