UEFA bars Malaga from European cups for 1 season

UEFA's club finance judicial body also fined Malaga €300,000 ($396,000). The club can appeal the sanctions direct to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

updated: December 21, 2012 21:27 IST
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Nyon, Switzerland: Champions League contender Malaga was banned from European club competitions for one upcoming season by UEFA on Friday for failing to pay players wages and tax bills on time.

UEFA said the Qatari-owned Spanish club could be banned for a second season within the next four years if it misses a March 31 deadline to pay its debts, which are reported to include €9 million ($11.6 million) in unpaid player wages.

UEFA announced the sanctions Friday, one day after Malaga was drawn to play FC Porto in the Champions League last-16 round. It will be barred from the first Champions League or Europa League tournament it qualifies for in the next four seasons.

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