Malaga faces Europe ban over finances

Updated 22 December 2012
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Malaga faces Europe ban over finances

NYON, Switzerland: Champions League last 16 side Malaga face a one-year ban from European competition over the next four seasons due to financial irregularites, UEFA said yesterday.
European football’s governing body said Malaga would be barred from taking part in either the Europa League or Champions League when they next qualify and also faced the prospect of a second year-long exclusion if they failed to clear outstanding debts.
UEFA’s club financial control body adjudicatory chamber, which met in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday, gave the Liga club a deadline of March 31 next year to prove it had “no overdue payables” to clubs, employees or the tax authorities.
If they were unable to do so, the ban would be extended, a statement on uefa.com said.
Malaga, who were also fined 300,000 euros ($396,000, 244,000 pounds), were on Thursday drawn to face Portuguese side Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League, giving the Spanish side a real chance of progressing to the quarterfinals.
The club is currently fourth in La Liga behind leaders Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, which would ordinarily allow them to qualify for a European spot.
Nine European clubs were referred to UEFA’s financial regulators because of debt problems, as the ruling body seeks to clamp down on clubs spending beyond their means and target infringements of licensing agreements.
Five other clubs face one-year European bans should they qualify over the next three seasons. They are Croatian sides Hajduk Split and Osijek; Romanian clubs Dinamo Bucharest and Rapid Bucharest; and Partizan Belgrade of Serbia.
The clubs were given a March 31, 2013 deadline to prove they had honored their debts and were fined amounts ranging from 80,000 euros to 100,000 euros.
Serbian side Vojvodina were fined 10,000 euros, Ukraine’s Arsenal Kyiv received a 75,000-euro fine, 30,000 of which was suspended until it had proved it had paid its dues, while a case against Polish side Lech Poznan was dropped.
UEFA said in November that Malaga were among nine clubs facing sanctions over unpaid bills, although they lifted the suspension of prize money on 16 of 23 clubs originally targeted in September as part of their Fair Play controls.
Malaga spent nearly 60 million euros on new players last year but failed to meet a deadline to show they had cleared overdue payments.
The club is owned by Sheikh Abdallah Ben Nasser Al-Thani, a member of the Qatar ruling family.
UEFA are intending to introduce financial fair play rules to ensure that clubs in continental competition live within their means at the risk of penalties, including being banned from international tournaments.


Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

Updated 23 April 2018
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Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

  • Egyptian superstar currently has 30 Premier League goals this season
  • Salah beat the likes of De Bruyne and Kane to the award

LONDON: Liverpool’s star forward, Mohamed Salah, was named the best player in the Premier League at the English PFA Player of the Year awards on Sunday.

Salah said  when he left the Premier League he had always wanted to return as he did not get a chance at Chelsea. “It was very clear in my mind, I will return back to the Premier League and I will show everyone my football,” he said after receiving the award adding that he was a changed person when he return to England’s top league. “I am very happy for this award, and very happy for my teammates and what we are doing in the Premier League,” the striker said.

When asked about his impressive form, Salah said “I play for the team, not just for myself,” and praised his teammates for their support: “The players help me a lot to be here.” 

The Egyptian, who was the clear favorite to pick up the prize, was going head-to-head with Manchester City’s Premier League-winning midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The other four nominees were David De Gea, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane and David Silva, though nobody expected them to pip Salah.
The PFA Player of the Year award is voted for by the players from England’s 92 professional clubs in the Premier League and Football League.
Salah, in his second spell in England following an unsuccessful move to Chelsea in 2014, also leads the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Currently top on 30 goals for the season, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is just four goals behind with four games left to play.
The Tuesday after the PFA awards, Liverpool and Salah face the Eygptian’s old team Roma in the Champions League semifinals.