Málaga are currently fourth in the Spanish League, as you can see from the table below. That is quite some achievement given the turmoil of last summer.
But now Uefa has said that the Qatar owned club is to be banned from European football for one season. This ban could be extended for a second season if it misses its deadline of March 31 2013 to pay its debts.
The statement on the Uefa website makes it clear that the ban starts from next year (which is why their current placing in the table is interesting). If they don’t make the top six this season the ban stays in place for any qualification for Europe (Europa or Champions League) within the next for years.
Also by 31 March 2013 the club has to prove that it has no overdue payments for football clubs or employees and/or social or tax authorities.
Additionally Málaga have got a fine of €300,000 although this is nothing when compared either to the 25 million that will be earned this year from the Champions League. Indeed given the fact that the club has Qatar as a backer, it mean the revenue from one oil well for two seconds.
This has been Málaga’s first qualification for Europe as it was taken over by Sheik Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani who invested huge sums in players. But in the summer all communication broke down with the owner and money to pay players and retain Santi Cazorla dried up.
Málaga is one of the billionaire clubs that we considered in the series
The FFP regulations on limiting club losses have only just started to kick in, but it is interesting that the part of FFP that is active – paying your debts – is bringing forth action from Uefa. Of course that doesn’t mean that Uefa will stand up to Manchester City and Chelsea but it is a sign that there may be action on the way.
Eight other European clubs have also been punished in the latest round of action. Two Bucharest clubs (Dinamo and Rapid), the Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, plus two from Croatia: Hajduk Split and Osijek, all have a one-year ban from European competiion within the next three years if they miss the March 31 deadline to settle debts.
All of the clubs were also fined €100,000 each.
So not paying your debts on time to clubs, players and the taxman, will get a club banned from Europe. Now we just have to see if breaking the other part of the rules will result in any action.
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