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Malaga vow to fight 'unjustified' ban

December 21, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Malaga say they will take all means necessary to fight back against the decision by UEFA to ban the club from European competition for one year and impose a €300,000 fine due to financial irregularities at the club.

Qatari Sheik Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, shakes hands with Malaga's president Fernando Sanz
PA PhotosQatari Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani shakes hands with Malaga's former president, Fernando Sanz

UEFA announced on Friday afternoon that the La Liga club had been found guilty of not fulfilling its responsibilities by its Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) and would be banned from taking part in European competition on the next occasion they qualify.

The Qatari-owned club were among 23 clubs involved in UEFA's 2012-13 competitions who had prize money withheld in September, pending financial investigations by UEFA.

Club officials had in the meantime claimed that they were paying many of the debts owed - including to the Spanish taxman - but the CFCB on Friday announced that Malaga were one of nine clubs who were to be punished "due to the presence of significant overdue payable balances".

Malaga quickly reacted by releasing their own statement claiming that the decision was "disproportionate and unjustified" and the club would work "energetically and without rest to achieve justice".

"Malaga Club de Futbol wishes to communicate its total disagreement with today's UEFA decision," said the club statement. "The measures taken against the club are absolutely disproportionate and unjustified given the club's situation. We consider that the club is being punished unfairly and used as a 'Turk's head' example to others."

"Given the total and absolute indignation and consternation on the part of the club, Malaga CF wishes to state that it will work energetically and without rest to achieve justice, using all available necessary means. Malaga CF wishes to add that it does not understand, and considers totally incomprehensible and abusive, that after having received this judgement it must now wait an unknown period of time to know the evidence upon which it was taken."

Malaga's statement claimed that recent media stories regarding its continuing inability to pay money owed to other clubs and its own players were not true, and stated that its Qatari backers remained committed to their "project," having recently invested €7 million in the club.

"For the calm of all its followers, Malaga CF wishes to state that it will continue to fulfill the different phases set out for its process of internal restructuring which began last summer," continued the statement.

"In recent days an agreement between the (Spanish authorities) and the Martiricos club, under which the prize money retained by UEFA was un-embargoed. Furthermore, despite all the information which has appeared regarding the agreements which were not fulfilled by the club with Osasuna or its own players, Malaga CF affirms completely that these agreements have been fulfilled."