UEFA fines Porto and Sporting for not paying their way

December 6 – Portugal’s two top clubs, Porto and Sporting, are among eight clubs fined by UEFA for financial fair play breaches.

Sporting have been fined €250,000 while league rivals Porto have to pay €300,000.

Both have until January 31 to pay the overdue amounts,  otherwise face a ban from UEFA competitions. Sporting have qualified for the knockout stage of this season’s Champions League.

The other six clubs sanctioned are Spain’s Real Betis, Astana of Kazakhstan, Romania’s CFR Cluj, CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria, Gibraltar’s Mons Calpe and Portugal’s Santa Clara.

UEFA said all eight clubs were sanctioned due to their “non-compliance with the ‘no overdue payables’ requirement” and warned they faced additional punishment if they did not pay the overdue amounts.

That sanctions would be “a conditional exclusion from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which they would otherwise qualify in the next three seasons… unless they can prove by 31 January 2022 that they have paid the outstanding overdue amounts.”

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