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2005 04 Retrieve

[The 35-year-old Lehmann twice threw water over the referee and his assistant following the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich. The incident happened in the tunnel at Highbury after Arsenal won the match 1-0 but went out 3-2 on aggregate] Lehmann was found guilty of a ‘deliberate pestering act’ that displayed a ‘striking lack of respect towards the referee’

2012 06 18 Retrieve

[Nicklas Bendtner banned and fined £80,000 fines by UEFA after exposing sponsored underwear] This suspension applies to the next 2014 FIFA World Cup match, including the qualifying competition, for which Bendtner is eligible

[UEFA last week announced disciplinary proceedings against the player for] improper conduct (Law 4 of the Laws of the Game). Law 4, which covers ‘The players’ equipment’ states: Players must not reveal undershirts which contain slogans or advertising. A player removing his jersey to reveal slogans will be sanctioned by the competition organiser.

2017 10 20 Retrieve

[UEFA charge Everton after fans strike Lyon players] This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 16 November

2019 08 29 Retrieve

[Glasglow Rangers will reject any away ticket allocation for their next European fixture following a partial stadium closure from UEFA over sectarian singing] Those fans responsible for this partial closure of Ibrox Stadium need to understand that they are damaging our club. If there is a further incidence at tomorrow night’s match this could lead to a ground closure. The same applies to those who indulged in sectarian singing in Warsaw last week and that is why we have taken the decision to make UEFA aware that we will decline tickets for our next away match even though this means that, once again, the many must suffer because of the few.

This kind of behaviour has no place at Ibrox, or anywhere else where our many teams appear. Offenders must please stop. You are endangering your club which has recently launched its Everyone Anyone project aimed at welcoming all to Ibrox. Those who wish to sing offensive songs must realise by now that they are insulting Rangers players, staff, and fellow fans. There is nothing clever, bold or even defiant in what this small number of supporters are doing. By supporting Rangers in the correct way the rest of us must strive to protect our great club. One way or another this offensive behaviour must end and it would be much more preferable if we stopped it ourselves, simply by behaving like true Rangers fans

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Explained: What is the Europa Conference League] The new competition will start in 2021 and is aimed at giving more clubs in more countries a chance to participate in European football

2019 09 25 Retrieve

[UEFA Nations League format changes: What’s different for 2020-21 European tournament?] This change to the format follows a consultation process which involved all of UEFA’s 55 national associations and reflects upon their desire to further minimise the number of friendly matches

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[How to apply for Euro 2020 tickets] Tickets to see specific teams will only be allocated to supporters who meet the criteria set out by their national football associations

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Images of Daniel James lying motionless on the pitch quickly circulating on social media. UEFA’s most recent guidelines state that the match referee should stop the game for up to three minutes if concussion is a concern] A player suffering a head injury that requires assessment for potential concussion will only be allowed to continue playing after the assessment, on specific confirmation by the team doctor to the referee of the player’s fitness to do so

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Bulgaria handed two-match supporter ban after England racism storm] The Bulgarian Football Union [is] to play behind closed doors the next two matches that will be played by its A representative team as host association in a UEFA competition, the second of which being suspended during a probationary period of two years as from the date of the present decision, for the racist behaviour of its supporters

UEFA orders the Bulgarian Football Union to implement the following directive in the next two UEFA competition matches which the association will play as the host association: to display a banner with the wording ‘NO TO RACISM’, with the UEFA logo on it

UEFA fines the Bulgarian Football Union €75,000 for the racist behaviour of its supporters and the throwing of objects

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[The cup-tied rule drew criticism from figures in the football industry, their argument mainly focusing on high-profile players – iterating that clubs may buy players not to succeed in cup tournaments but to strengthen their side in league competitions] This is in line with the existing regulatory situation in the different domestic leagues, which does not impose restrictions on the eligibility for competitions of players registered for a new club during the winter transfer window

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Man City banned from Champions League for two years and fined €30m] The Adjudicatory Chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.

The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB.

The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of €30 million

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[How will Man City’s ban affect Champions League qualification in the Premier League?] A club which is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next best-placed club in the top domestic championship of the same association, provided the new club fulfils the admission criteria

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[No requests to delay Euro 2020 despite coronavirus concerns] We did not receive a single request from national associations to postpone the tournament

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Sevilla-Roma, Inter-Getafe the latest matches to be postponed due to coronavirus] As a result of the travelling restrictions between Spain and Italy imposed yesterday by the Spanish authorities, the following UEFA Europa League Round of 16 matches will not take place as scheduled tomorrow, 12 March 2020. Further decisions on the two matches will be communicated in due course

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[UEFA plans coronavirus pandemic talks after stating ‘no reason’ to postpone Euro 2020] There is no reason to change anything in the time schedule. UEFA is in contact with the relevant international and local authorities regarding the coronavirus and its development

In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of Covid-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has today invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to attend meetings by video conference on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak

Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA Euro 2020. Further communication will be made following those meetings

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[All Champions League & Europa League matches postponed to combat coronavirus spread] In the light of developments due to the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed. This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second-leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second-leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020. Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course. As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed. UEFA yesterday invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak

2020 03 13b Retrieve

[Will Champions League and Europa League be cancelled by coronavirus outbreak?] In the light of developments due to the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed. This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, round of 16 second-leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, round of 16 second-leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020

2020 03 17 Retrieve

[Euro 2020 becomes Euro 2021 as UEFA confirms sweeping Champions League & league changes] The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the Covid-19 emergency, to be completed. All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season and any other consequence of the decisions made today

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[UEFA reverses Euro 2020 name decision after tweet ‘error’] With apologies for the earlier error, to be clear no decision has yet been made on the name of the rearranged EURO to be held in 2021. The earlier tweet was sent by mistake

The working group will comprise representatives of the UEFA administration, the European Club Association and the European Leagues. It will explore different ways of enabling the completion of the current club season, both at domestic and European level. Final decisions can only be taken when we have greater clarity on when football will be able to restart. Our aim is to complete all European and domestic club competitions by the end of the current sporting season – 30 June 2020 – if the situation improves. However, the health of all people involved in the game must first be guaranteed. The working group will assess different scenarios. We must wait for the outcome of its discussions as well as the evolution of the situation before reaching any conclusions

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[Champions League and Europa League finals postponed due to coronavirus pandemic] The working group will analyse the options available. The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[Coronavirus outbreak: Would Liverpool be denied the Premier League if title race is cancelled?] The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the Covid-19 emergency, to be completed

A commitment [to be made] to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. June 30, 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[UEFA defends decision to stage Atalanta v Valencia amid coronavirus threat] On February 19, no one knew that Lombardy would be the centre of the epidemic. Who were we to say it shouldn’t go ahead? We followed the advice of the authorities at all times and we couldn’t do anything

Decisions can’t be taken in a day. There are contracts and agreements. Football was still being played across Europe then. The borders were still open when Valencia and Atalanta played. Gatherings of fans outside the stadium was the responsibility of the Spanish authorities

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[UEFA claims Abandoning domestic competitions is premature and unjustified] We are confident that football can restart in the months to come - with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities - and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.

A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch. Closely following the development of the current situation, the calendar working group will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind. It is of paramount importance that even a disruptive event like this epidemic does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field, in accordance with their rules and that all sporting titles are awarded on the basis of results. As responsible leaders in our sport, this is what we must ensure, until the last possibility exists and whilst planning, operational and regulatory solutions are available

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[UEFA stressed that domestic competitions shouldn’t be abandoned just yet] We are confident that football can restart in the months to come - with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities - and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.

A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch.

Closely following the development of the current situation, the calendar working group will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind.

It is of paramount importance that even a disruptive event like this epidemic does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field, in accordance with their rules and that all sporting titles are awarded on the basis of results

2020 04 05 Retrieve

[UEFA deny August deadline for Champions League conclusion] It has been reported that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told ZDF in Germany that the Champions League must finish by August 3. This is not true. The President was very clear not to set exact dates for the end of the season. UEFA is currently analysing all options to complete domestic and European seasons with the European Club Association and the European Leagues in the working group set up on March 17. The primary priority of all the members of the working group is to preserve public health. Following on from that, it is to find calendar solutions to complete all competitions. Options are currently being studied to play matches in July and in August if needed, depending on restart dates and the permission of national authorities

We are confident that football can restart in the months to come - with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities - and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.

A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch. Closely following the development of the current situation, the calendar working group will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind. It is of paramount importance that even a disruptive event like this epidemic does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field, in accordance with their rules and that all sporting titles are awarded on the basis of results

2020 04 08 Retrieve

[UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered some good news for Reds fans on Tuesday] I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it - theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, but it is practically close. However, if it could not be played, it would also be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions should be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a scenario in which that would not be Liverpool

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[UEFA announce another coronavirus meeting to discuss season resolutions] It has been reported that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told ZDF in Germany that the Champions League must finish by August 3. This is not true. The President was very clear not to set exact dates for the end of the season. UEFA is currently analysing all options to complete domestic and European seasons with the European Club Association and the European Leagues in the working group set up on March 17. The primary priority of all the members of the working group is to preserve public health. Following on from that, it is to find calendar solutions to complete all competitions. Options are currently being studied to play matches in July and in August if needed, depending on restart dates and the permission of national authorities

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[UEFA announced it is to produce new guidelines outlining qualification criteria for its competitions from domestic leagues that cannot be completed. However, the governing body once again recommended competitions should be finished if possible] UEFA met its 55 member associations via video conference and presented an update of the options being looked into by the two working groups that were created mid-March. A variety of calendar options were presented covering both national team and club competition matches.

The funding of national associations through UEFA’s HatTrick programme was also discussed with UEFA reiterating its commitment to meeting the payments to member associations as planned.

There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top divisions and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions - in case of a cancelled league - have been developed

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: No name change for Euro 2020 despite postponement to 2021] Following the postponement of UEFA Euro 2020 to the summer of 2021 and after a thorough internal review as well as several discussions with partners, the Executive Committee has decided that the tournament will still be known as UEFA Euro 2020. This decision allows UEFA to keep the original vision of the tournament to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championships (1960 – 2020). It will furthermore serve to remember how the whole football family came together to respond to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult times Europe, and the world, had to go through in 2020. This choice is in line with UEFA’s commitment to make UEFA Euro 2020 sustainable and not to generate additional amounts of waste. A lot of branded material had already been produced by the time of the tournament’s postponement. A change to the name of the event would have meant the destruction and reproduction of such items

2020 04 23b Retrieve

[Italian FA extends Serie A season until August 2 amid coronavirus disruption] UEFA urges national associations and leagues to explore all possible options to play all top domestic competitions giving access to UEFA club competitions to their natural conclusion. However, UEFA stresses that the health of players, spectators and all those involved in football as well as the public at large must remain the primary concern at this time

2020 04 23c Retrieve

[‘Sporting merit’ will decide qualifiers for next season’s Champions League] As a result of representations made by the football authorities in Belgium and Scotland, the committee recognises the issues raised and approved the guidelines on eligibility principles for 2020-21 UEFA club competitions. The guidelines reflect the principle that admission to UEFA club competitions is always based on sporting merit. Therefore, UEFA urges national associations and leagues to explore all possible options to play all top domestic competitions giving access to UEFA club competitions to their natural conclusion. However, UEFA stresses that the health of players, spectators and all those involved in football as well as the public at large must remain the primary concern at this time. The ideal scenario, should the pandemic situation permit it, is to have the currently suspended domestic competitions completed enabling football clubs to qualify for UEFA club competitions on sporting merit in their original format. Should this outcome not be possible, in particular due to calendar issues, it would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit

If a domestic competition is prematurely terminated, UEFA would require the national association concerned to select clubs for the UEFA club competitions 2020-21 based on sporting merit in the 2019-20 domestic competitions. The procedure for selecting clubs should be based on objective, transparent and non-discriminatory principles. National associations and leagues should otherwise have the ability to decide the final positions in their domestic competitions, having regard to the specific circumstances of each competition

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[UEFA sets May 25 deadline for leagues to decide plans to finish season due to coronavirus pandemic] National associations and/or leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by May 25, 2020 the planned restart of their domestic competitions including the date of restart and the relevant competition format. In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons in accordance with [conditions set out by the executive committee], UEFA would require the national association to explain by May 25, 2020 … the special circumstances justifying such premature termination and to select clubs for UEFA club competitions 2020-21 on the basis of sporting merit in the 2019-20 domestic competitions

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[PSG crowned Ligue 1 champions and Lyon miss out on Champions League after coronavirus cancellation] National Associations and/or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by May 25, 2020, the planned restart of their domestic competitions - including the date of restart and the competition format

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Trabzonspor handed one-year European ban] On 5 July 2019, the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) Adjudicatory Chamber determined that Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR) failed to be break-even compliant as required by a settlement agreement, which it entered into on 20 May 2016 and sanctioned the club with a conditional exclusion from participating in one (1) UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons. The sanction would not take effect if the club fulfilled certain conditions, including meeting a target with respect to its financial results for the 2019 financial year. The CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber has now determined that Trabzonspor AŞ failed to meet the target fixed for the 2019 financial year. As a result, the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber has ordered that the club be excluded from participating in one (1) UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.

UEFA concluded with the decision today that our club did not comply with the reconciliation agreement we have signed with them. Although we respect the decision, we would like to emphasize that we disagree with this decision in our evaluation with club lawyers. We would like to announce that we will object against this decision within 10 days

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[England to start 2020 Nations League away to Iceland as UEFA confirms new schedule] The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage will be played on revised dates in September, October and November 2020. The new schedule was announced following a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee on Wednesday 17 June to discuss the new European football calendar in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The national team football windows of October and November 2020 will now feature triple-headers instead of double-headers, thus allowing the postponed UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs to be rescheduled for 8 October and 12 November. The group stage matches of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League will be played on the following dates: 3/4/5 and 6/7/8 September; 10/11 and 13/14 October; 14/15 and 17/18 November 2020. Friendly matches will be played on 7/8 October and 11/12 November

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Manchester City to play in Champions League next season after European ban overturned] UEFA takes note of the decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce the sanction imposed on Manchester City by UEFA’s independent club financial control body for alleged breaches of the UEFA club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations

UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the five-year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations

Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA remain committed to its principles