Spanish club Malaga banned from European competition for a season

Reuters, Friday 21 Dec 2012

Spanish club Malaga have been banned from future European competition for at least a season because of unpaid bills as European soccer's governing body takes firm action on finances

Spanish club Malaga
Malaga's Eliseu Pereira (L) celebrates next to Martin Gaston Demichelis (C) and Jesus Gamez after scoring a penalty against Sevilla during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville December 15, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The ban does not apply this season but will take effect the next time that the Qatari-owned club qualifies for European competition in the next four years, UEFA said in a statement.

The ban will be extended for a further season unless Malaga can prove by the end of March that they have settled outstanding payments to other teams, staff and tax authorities. Malaga have also been fined 300,000 euros ($397,100).

Malaga are in the last 16 of this season's Champions League where they will meet Porto.

The punishment underlines that UEFA is serious about enforcing Financial Fair Play rules that are being phased in.

The rules will mean that clubs will ultimately have to move towards balancing their books or face exclusion from European competition.

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