UEFA to ban Sporting, Real Betis from its competitions

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced that Spanish side Real Betis and Portuguese side Sporting have been suspended in all its competitions for non-payment of fines. Earlier, the governing body had given clubs more leeway in complying with FFP regulations due to COVID-19. However, both clubs failed to comply at the end of last year.

In a statement, UEFA confirmed Sporting’s “exclusion from the next UEFA club competition… unless the club is able to prove by 31 January 2022 which was due no later than 15 January 2022.”It added that a fine of €250,000 has been imposed on the club, while their appeal to the Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Committee (CFCB) has been rejected. Follow us for Euro Nations League updates! 

Earlier, the club said that “there is no risk of potential exclusion from European competitions” as they have already paid their financial liabilities following the transfer of Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United. According to reports, Sporting will appeal the decision to the CAS. Sporting is currently second in Primeira Liga and is set to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter finals. 

Meanwhile, Real Betis received a lower sanction as they were given a conditional exclusion and a fine of only €150,000. Their appeal to the CFCB has also been upheld. The sanction was due to a non-payment by the team in the transfer of winger Álex Moreno, a transaction that was being carried out with Rayo Vallecano. More Euro 2020 football matches highlights and never before stories here! 

Currently, Manuel Pellegrini’s side occupies third position in La Liga table, with the hope of participating in the next edition of the Champions League. If not settled, these clubs will be banned from competing in the Champions League, Europa League or Conference League should they qualify in the next three seasons. Another Portuguese club, CD Santa Clara, has been notified of the same sanction.

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