Article 28 Refusal to play and similar cases - Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Champions League

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Competition Regulations
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Clubs
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UCL
FullSeasonYears
2020/21
EnforcementDate
24 September 2020
28.01

If a club refuses to play or is responsible for a match (including kicks from the penalty mark) not taking place or not being played in full, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body declares the match forfeited and disqualifies the club concerned in combination with the following fines:

  1. prior to or during the preliminary round, first, second or third qualifying round: €10,000

  2. prior to or during the play-offs: €50,000

  3. prior to the group stage: €100,000

  4. during the group stage: €250,000 (minimum per outstanding match)

  5. prior to or during the round of 16: €350,000

  6. prior to or during the quarter-finals or semi-finals: €500,000

  7. prior to or during the final: €1,000,000

28.02

Exceptionally, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body can validate the result as it stood at the moment when the match was abandoned if the match result was to the detriment of the club responsible for the match being abandoned.

28.03

If a club is disqualified or for any reason withdraws from the competition before completion of its matches in the group stage, the results of all of its matches are declared null and void, and its points forfeited.

28.04

In all cases, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body can take further measures if the circumstances so justify.

28.05

A club which refuses to play or is responsible for a match not taking place or not being played in full loses all rights to payments from UEFA.

28.06

Upon receipt of a reasoned and well-documented request from the aggrieved club(s), the UEFA administration may set an amount of compensation due for financial loss.