UEFA investigation with consequences that could be fatal for Barça

UEFA investigation with consequences that could be fatal for Barça

The body chaired by Aleksander Ceferin observes a possible “legal violation” of UEFA laws and insists that it will reach the end of the investigation. A few weeks ago it became known, through Andreu Camps, general secretary of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), that UEFA had requested information to try to clarify everything that has happened. Therefore, the communique of the European body was within the expectations of all the actors involved in the scandal, which has already been brought before the courts.

“In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors have today been appointed to conduct an investigation into a possible breach of UEFA’s legal framework by part of FC Barcelona in relation to the so-called Negreira case”, says the note published by UEFA.

In the sac of Juventus and City

The case of Barça could be compared to that of Juventus, punished in Italy for fictionalizing the value of the players in order to circumvent the financial control of Serie A. As of now, the Catalan club is officially being investigated by UEFA, which could sanction him if he considers that he committed any irregularity against its disciplinary code. One of these sanctions could be the impediment to play their competitions (the Champions League, the Europa League or the Conference League) for a certain time, which he already tried with Manchester City a few years ago. In the case of citizensthe TAS accepted his appeal and he was never left out of the top continental competition.

Whatever happens, however, Barça will receive the documentation to, by virtue of their position in the current League (among the top four), enroll in the next edition of the Champions League. In this paperwork, the entity will have to answer if it is involved in any legal proceedings relating to “any activity aimed at organizing or influencing the outcome of a national or international match”. An answer that will be affirmative taking into account the actions of the Prosecutor’s Office. When UEFA receives this information at the beginning of June, one or two disciplinary inspectors will examine it to make a decision that, in the event of harming Barça’s participation in the top competition, would allow the Blaugrana institution to go to TAS.

Although experts say it is highly unlikely that UEFA will take exemplary action in the short term in relation to Barça’s participation in the next Champions League, as the criminal proceedings are already open and will take many months to conclude, the the support context of the Blaugrana club in the Superliga can play against it. If the worst prognosis were to be fulfilled, the Blaugrana accounts would experience a very dangerous drawdown at a time when the financing of Espai Barça is being negotiated, not without problems. Revenues would fall and top international footballers would be without their main showcase.


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