- RB Leipzig risked losing its automatic place in next season’s Champions League
- Red Bull Salzburg will start in the Champions League second qualifying round
- UEFA says its club finance monitoring panel closely assessed the situation
UEFA says it has cleared Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig to enter the Champions League, after the club’s owner, Red Bull, distanced itself from Red Bull Salzburg.
Leipzig risked losing their automatic place in next season’s group stage because of UEFA integrity rules preventing two clubs under the same ownership from playing in the same competition.
Had Red Bull owned both clubs, Salzburg would have taken priority under UEFA rules because it placed higher as the national champion in Austria.
RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner celebrates scoring against Bayern Munich last season
UEFA says its club finance monitoring panel ‘deemed that no individual or legal entity had any more a decisive influence over more than one club.’
Salzburg will play in the Champions League second qualifying round next month, against Hibernians of Malta or FCI Tallinn of Estonia.
‘The Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has decided to accept the admission of both FC Salzburg and RB Leipzig to the UEFA Champions League 2017/18, having found that Article 5 (Integrity of the competition) of the competition regulations is not breached,’ an official statement reads.
RB Salzburg’s players celebrate after winning the Austrian Bundesliga last season
‘Following a thorough investigation, and further to several important governance and structural changes made by the clubs (regarding corporate matters, financing, personnel, sponsorship arrangements, etc.), the CFCB deemed that no individual or legal entity had anymore a decisive influence over more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition.
‘This decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within ten days, in accordance with Article 34(2) of the Procedural rules governing the UEFA Club Financial Control Body – Edition 2015, as well as Articles 62 and 63 of the UEFA Statutes.
‘The CFCB will continue to monitor both clubs to ensure that integrity rules are respected going forward.’