FC Barcelona has won an appeal against one of the three Financial Fair Play (FFP) charges imposed on them by La Liga for the 2021/2022 season. The Spanish football league had fined Barcelona €800,000 over FFP breaches related to the signings of Dani Alves and Andreas Christensen, as well as the contract renewal of Ronald Araujo.
However, FC Barcelona appealed all three charges to the RFEF second-instance committee. And now, according to ARA, they have been victorious in one appeal. The appeal over the charges related to Christensen has been upheld. Which means that the Catalan club is exempt from paying the €216,000 fine concerning the Danish international.
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FC Barcelona Case Victory
La Liga had alleged that Christensen’s signing was completed months before the official announcement was made, and thus considered him to be part of Barcelona’s workforce for the 2021/22 financial year. But there was no clarity in the league’s regulations on such situations, and the case was thrown out.
Therefore, the legal principle of ‘in dubio, pro reo’ was applied, meaning that Barcelona won the appeal as there was doubt in the case. The Blaugrana will not have to pay the €216,000 fine related to the Christensen case.
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As for the cases related to Alves and Araujo, decisions are yet to be made. The club is currently in financial turmoil and has been asked to reduce its wage bill by €200 million. So that the club can sign and register new players for the upcoming season. Additionally, Gavi’s registration as a first-team player has been put on hold due to FFP issues. Stay tuned with Knuckleball to be updated with the latest FC Barcelona news.