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Malaga banned from Europe for a season

sports Updated: Dec 22, 2012 01:22 IST

Spanish club Malaga have been banned from future European competition for at least a season because of unpaid bills as European soccer's governing body takes firm action on finances.

The ban does not apply this season but will take effect the next time that the Qatari-owned club qualifies for European competition in the next four years, UEFA said in a statement.

The ban will be extended for a further season unless Malaga can prove by the end of March that they have settled outstanding payments to other teams, staff and tax authorities. Malaga have also been fined 300,000 euros ($397,100).

Malaga are in the last 16 of this season's Champions League where they will meet Porto. The punishment underlines that UEFA is serious about enforcing Financial Fair Play rules that are being phased in.

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