Levante says it was forced to leave midfielder Pape Diop at home for its UEFA Europa League play-off at Motherwell over fears the Senegalese player would be turned away by British customs.
Levante says Diop left the team plane on Wednesday after a two-hour runway wait in Valencia with UEFA and the British government failing to assure it that he would not be turned away upon arrival.
Levante says the necessary paperwork was completed but Diop did not have a special visa needed in line with security measures for the Paralympics in London.
Diop played three seasons at Racing Santander before joining Levante this northern summer.
Levante says UEFA has confirmed newly-signed Greece striker Theofanis Gekas is allowed to play after being added to the squad late.
UEFA Europa League
Malaga has been able to reduce its suspension from competing in European competitions to one year.