UEFA’s Decision on Allowing Barcelona to Compete in the Champions League
Press reports reveal the position of the European Football Association regarding Barcelona’s obtaining a license to participate in the Champions League next season.
According to the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will receive a license to participate in the Champions League, despite the ongoing investigation into the case, known in the media as the Negrera affair.
The newspaper indicated that the committee that issues licenses to clubs to participate in the continental championships will grant the license to the Catalan team by May 15, as they have no clear reason to exclude the club from participation in the Champions League. for next season.
Spanish prosecutors have formally charged Barça with corruption amid a €1.4 million payment to Negrera for providing referee-related reports.
The newspaper added that the UEFA Disciplinary Committee could intervene to deny the Blaugrana participation after the license was issued, as it is a different body at a different judicial level, but they do not. there is information at the moment that supports the theory of preventing the Catalan club from continental competition.
The report indicated that UEFA would not have taken the risk of granting the Catalan club this license, as it had asked several questions, the most important of which was whether there was a clear conflict between the position of the refereeing committee and Henriquez’s company. belongs to Negrera, so the Spanish Federation said no. Since the statement of the possibility is not enough to prevent Barca, but it is necessary to prove involvement and accusation in order to take any action regarding the participation of the team in continental competitions.
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