Barcelona could reportedly be kicked out of next season’s Champions League due to Financial Fair Play issues, according to a new report from Germany.
Die Welt reckon that the club’s finances are “a mess” and that their sources at UEFA and Barca claim there’s a threat of expulsion from Europe’s top competition.
Barcelona’s financial issues have been well-documented, but it seems UEFA are not at all happy with their accounting and believe they have violated financial regulations.
The club announced a net profit of €304 million in September but UEFA say only income that can be directly attributed to football business can be allowed.
However, Barcelona apparently included income from the sale of future TV and marketing rights and other sports in their accounts which appears to be the issue.
Die Welt say that “behind the scenes” at UEFA there is talk of a ban “for two to three years” and a source told the newspaper “the greater the loss, the greater the penalty.”
Barcelona were fined over an FFP breach earlier this year for wrongly reporting profits that were not “relevant income.” The club did appeal the decision but lost and were forced to pay out €500,000.