The Andalusians were plagued by financial troubles over the summer, and they have been sanctioned for them by the authorities for not paying player wages and taxes on time. In addition to the ban, Malaga has been fined 300,000 pounds. Should it not clear all debts and overdue payments by March 31, the club would have an extra year added onto its ban.
"The club is excluded from participating in the next Uefa club competition for which they would otherwise qualify in the next four seasons (i.e. 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)," a UEFA statement read.
"In addition, Malaga will be excluded from a subsequent UEFA competition for which they would otherwise qualify (in the next four seasons) if they do not prove, by 31 March 2013, that they have no overdue payables towards football clubs or towards employees and/or social/tax authorities, in accordance with the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations."
Malaga finished fourth in La Liga last season, sealing a place in the Champions League, and it has performed admirably thus far, topping a group containing AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg. Malaga is currently on course for a second straight top-four finish in La Liga this season and currently sits behind reigning champions Real Madrid in the league table.
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