Champions League contender Metalist Kharkiv should find out Wednesday if it will be expelled over a long-running match-fixing case.

Metalist lawyers attended a two-hour disciplinary hearing at UEFA headquarters on Tuesday and the Champions League organizer said its judgment is expected within 24 hours.

If the Ukrainian club loses the ruling, it can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and possibly continue in the competition while that case is processed.

Metalist is scheduled to play Aug. 21 at Schalke in the playoff round.

The return match in Kharkiv is Aug. 27, two days before the group-stage draw in Monaco.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings last week after CAS dismissed the Metalist sports director's appeal against a five-year ban imposed by the Ukrainian Football Federation.

The official, Yevhen Krasnikov, was implicated in fixing an April 2008 league match against Karpaty Lviv.

Champions League rules require UEFA to act against any club involved in "any activity aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of a match at national or international level" since its legal statutes were updated in April 2007.

Ahead of the hearing, hundreds of Metalist fans gathered Monday in the centre of Kharkiv to ask for UEFA's support, the Interfax agency reported.

Fans held up banners, including in English and French. "Mr. Platini, Please, be merciful!" said one in reference to UEFA President Michel Platini , who is not directly involved in the case.