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Europa League clubs fined, calendar issue settled

Published: Friday 26 April 2013, 16.00CET
UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body has fined two clubs in the wake of recent UEFA Europa League games and also addressed organisational and calendar-related issues.
Europa League clubs fined, calendar issue settled
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The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) Investigatory Chamber today announced that ten clubs, for which investigations were opened following non-compliance with Financial Fair Play (FFP) break-even regulations, have individually agreed to settlement agreements. The clubs are AS Monaco FC, AS Roma, Beşiktaş JK, FC Internazionale Milano, FC Krasnodar, FC Lokomotiv Moskva and Sporting Clube de Portugal and, for minor breaches, FC Rostov, Kardemir Karabükspor and PFC CSKA Sofia. The CFCB Investigatory Chamber also announced that VfL Wolsburg have been found (following the submission of additional financial information) to have satisfied the break-even requirement and are no longer under investigation. These settlement agreements aim to ensure that each club achieves break-even compliance with minimal delay, and are defined by Articles 14 (1) (b) and 15 of the Procedural Rules governing the CFCB. Each of the settlement agreements includes some or all of the following provisions: Break-even targets: Defined as (i) annual and aggregate break-even results as per individual summary settlements, and/or (ii) financial covenants on the level of employee benefit expenses (total wages and benefits) and player’s amortization incurred in the relevant reporting period(s); Sporting measures: Defined as limitations on (i) the number of players included on the 'A' list related to UEFA competitions, and/or (ii) the registration of newly-transferred players on the 'A' and 'B' squad lists related to UEFA competitions; and/or (iii) employee benefit expenses (total wages and benefits) incurred in the relevant reporting period(s); and Financial contributions: Defined as (i) money withheld from revenues earned from participation in UEFA competitions; or (ii) an amount to be paid in full by a certain deadline. Such contributions shall not impact future break-even calculations. In the event of a club not qualifying for UEFA competition next season, it will nonetheless be subject to the terms of the settlement agreements. The individual settlement agreements will published on UEFA.org next week and a club-by-club summary for information purposes has been published at (LINK). Four previous settlement agreements were announced on 27 February 2015, so today's announcement brings the total number of settlement agreements for 2014/2015 to 14.

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Published: Friday 26 April 2013, 16.00CET

Europa League clubs fined, calendar issue settled

UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body has fined two clubs in the wake of recent UEFA Europa League games and also addressed organisational and calendar-related issues.

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) has awarded fines to FC Internazionale Milano and SL Benfica for organisational issues and the improper conduct of their fans at two recent UEFA Europa League round of 16 matches.

Internazionale have been fined €45,000 for incidents during their round of 16 return leg against Tottenham Hotspur FC in Milan on 14 March, while Benfica were handed a €32,000 fine related to incidents at their round of 16 first leg against FC Girondins de Bordeaux in Lisbon on 7 March.

An appeal may be lodged against both these decisions within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.

The CDB also issued a decision concerning the proceedings initiated against the English Football Association (FA) regarding calendar clashes relating to the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. Accepting a resolution of the case between the parties, the FA will pay €50,000 and the 10% of the UEFA Champions League distribution payment for 2010/11, which was withheld, will be added at the end of the current campaign to the pot for distribution to the respective clubs in the relevant remaining UEFA member associations.

In addition, UEFA will now establish a working group, which will involve representatives of the FA, in order to avoid calendar clashes in future.

Last updated: 09/05/14 6.03CET

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