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CAS rules against Uefa in Galatasaray finance case

Turkish Süper Lig football club Galatasaray has claimed a legal victory against Uefa after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the European governing body cannot engage in a deeper investigation of the team’s compliance with financial fair play rules.

In June 2018, reigning Süper Lig champion Galatasaray was fined €6m ($6.8m) for breaking FFP rules. At the time, Uefa warned that the Istanbul club could be handed a further €9m fine if it fails to reach full break-even compliance by the 2021-22 season.

Later in the same month, the Uefa Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chairman determined that the decision and the settlement agreement should be reviewed by the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber. On October 5, the Adjudicatory Chamber set aside the original decision and referred the case back to the Investigatory Chamber for further investigation. This led to Galatasaray entering an appeal to CAS later that month.

CAS has now ruled that Galatasaray’s appeal must be upheld and the challenged decision of October 5 set aside. CAS said this was due to the decision being issued beyond a 10-day time limit. The CAS ruling could have further implications, with a separate FFP case concerning French Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain continuing to rumble on.

Responding to the Galatasaray ruling, Uefa told the Associated Press news agency: “The CAS decision does not put in doubt the objectives of the Uefa Club Licensing & Financial Fair Play system.” Uefa added that it would consider “any clarifications or amendments to its rules” required by the court verdict.