UEFA has confirmed that Malaga have had the second year of their European ban lifted but the Champions League quarter-finalists will still be barred from playing in continental competition next season should they qualify.
UEFA’s Financial Control Body met today in Nyon to discuss the cases of eight clubs who had been handed sanctions last year relating to their financial affairs.
Malaga were by far the most high-profile casualty when they were handed a two-year ban, with one year suspended, and had taken their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The club said on Thursday last week that the second year of their ban had been lifted by UEFA, and that news was confirmed today by the European governing body, who also announced that five other clubs had received reduced sanctions.
A UEFA statement said: “The investigatory chamber confirms that Malaga CF (ESP), HNK Hajduk Split (CRO), NK Osijek (CRO), FC Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU), FK Partizan (SRB) and FK Vojvodina (SRB) have fulfilled all conditions imposed by the CFCB (Central Financial Control Body), and therefore all suspended sanctions that had been imposed will not apply.”
The decision means that Hajduk Split, Osijek, Dinamo Bucaresti, and Partizan Belgrade receive no penalty.
However, Rapid Bucharest and Arsenal Kiev were not so fortunate.
Rapid’s 100,000 euro (£85,645) fine and three-year ban from European competition stands, while Arsenal Kiev face a fine of 75,000 euros (£64,226).
Qatari-owned Malaga had been handed a two-year ban from European competition, with one year suspended, and fined 300,000 euros (£256,954) due to unpaid bills.
The club had issued a statement last week saying they had been notified by UEFA that the second year of the ban had been lifted, but said they were continuing their appeal of the case to CAS.
Vicente Casado, Malaga’s general manager, said: “This decision and the granting of the Licence confirms what the Club has maintained since the beginning, when our compliance with regulations was first in question.
“We’ve worked, and will continue to work as hard as we can, as we’re very optimistic about the future.”
Malaga are sixth in La Liga and seem certain to finish in the Europa League places as they sit five points clear of eighth-placed Rayo Vallecano with two games left to play.