UEFA Bars Malaga from European Cups for 1 Season


UEFA has banned Champions League contender Malaga from European club competitions for one upcoming season for failing to pay players wages and tax bills on time.

UEFA says 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.

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 banned from the next European tournament it qualifies for.

UEFA says it also fined Malaga €300,000 ($396,000).

Malaga is set to collect around €25 million ($33 million) from UEFA in prize money and share of television revenues from playing in this year's Champions League.

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