UEFA has announced it will establish a working group to ensure member associations avoid fixture clashes between domestic and European games, after the English Football Association (FA) was disciplined for a breach of regulations.
In what is believed to be the first penalty for this type of offence, the FA has agreed to pay Eur50,000 to UEFA while 10% of its Champions League distribution payment for the 2010-11 season will be redistributed to other European countries – a figure that reportedly amounts to around Eur1.3 million.
European football’s governing body stipulates that domestic top flight and cup games should not clash with games in its Champions League and Europa League competitions. The FA’s penalty applies to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons when a number of clashes occurred, most notably the Premier League Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, which was broadcast by Sky Sports on March 13, 2012 – the same evening as a Champions League match night.
UEFA said in a statement: “Accepting a resolution of the case between the parties, the FA will pay Eur50,000 and the 10% of the UEFA Champions League distribution payment for 2010/11, which was withheld, will be added at the end of the current campaign to the pot for distribution to the respective clubs in the relevant remaining UEFA member associations. In addition, UEFA will now establish a working group, which will involve representatives of the FA, in order to avoid calendar clashes in future.”