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Romanian club Rapid banned from 1 UEFA competition

May 22, 2013

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA banned Rapid Bucharest on Wednesday from one European club competition after it missed a deadline to pay debts.

UEFA said the Romanian club is excluded from the next Champions League or Europa League it qualifies for within three seasons. Rapid, which was eliminated in the Europa League qualifying rounds last August, is currently ninth in its national league and unlikely to qualify for a UEFA entry next season.

Rapid must pay a €100,000 ($130,000) fine which UEFA threatened in December if the club failed to settle tax, wages and transfer debts by March 31.

UEFA’s club financial control body upheld the sanctions which apply to clubs failing to fulfill terms for getting a license from their national association to play in UEFA competitions. The licensing system pre-dates UEFA’s “financial fair play” rules to limit clubs’ spending and loss-making which were introduced in 2011.

Ukrainian club Arsenal Kiev must also pay a €75,000 ($97,000) fine after being warned by UEFA in December.

In other cases, UEFA’s panel lifted threats of one-year bans against Dinamo Bucharest, Partizan Belgrade and Croatia’s Hajduk Split and Osijek after debts were paid.

In the highest profile case this season, UEFA confirmed it eased sanctions against Champions League quarterfinalist Malaga over previously unpaid debts.

Malaga remains banned for one European competition, but UEFA lifted the suspended threat of a second-year sanction after payments were made.

The Spanish club will appeal its one-year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on June 4. The court aims to give a verdict within days.

Malaga is currently sixth in the Spanish league with two matches remaining. That position would typically gain entry to the next Europa League.

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