Valencia forced to sport sponsorless shirt

MADRID - Valencia have been barred from wearing shirts bearing principal sponsor Unibet's slogan for their Europa League playoff round first leg at Norway's Stabaek later on Thursday.

"Despite intense negotiations over the last few days UEFA have taken this decision because of Norwegian restrictions ... with regards to publicity (for online gambling)," the Primera Liga club said on their website.

Unibet is one of the largest online gambling operators in Europe.