Paris Saint-Germain won his appeal to reject the Uefa investigation into the club's financial affairs, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) ruled that the decision to close the initial case was "final and binding ".
Last June, UEFA's Financial Control Body (CFCB) closed its investigation into PSG regarding alleged violations of its financial fair fair (FFP) regulations. However, nine days later, the CFCB president requested that the decision be reviewed.
Following this review in September, UEFA concluded that PSG's conduct actually justified further investigations and considered the case to be open once again.
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But PSG has appealed to Cas in search of annulment of the decision, stating that Uefa has violated its own rules according to which it must reopen any investigation within 10 days of the request for revision by the president – Uefa has used two months.
PSG's appeal was therefore confirmed by Cas, without the possibility of reopening it in the future.
The news is a big boost for the PSG, which could have faced major fines and a suspension from European competition. In 2014, PSG was fined 60 million euros following violations of the FFP, although 40 million euros were suspended and their team was reduced to 21 players in European competitions.
Complete declaration Cas
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued its decision in the appeal arbitration procedure between the French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain Football SASP (Paris Saint-Germain) and the Union of Associations European football teams (UEFA).
The appeal filed at the CAS on October 3, 2018 by Paris Saint-Germain against the decision issued on September 19, 2018 by the Judicial Chamber of the UEFA club financial control body (CFCB) (the contested decision) is upheld and the contested decision is separate.
The decision issued on 13 June 2018 by the Chamber of Inquiry of the UEFA CFCB in which the investigation into the compliance of Paris Saint-Germain with the regulations of UEFA Financial Fair Play was closed is therefore final and binding.
On June 22, 2018, the President of the UEFA CFCB, on the basis of Article 16 (1) of the UEFA CFCB Procedural Rules (applicable Rules), ordered the Judicial Chamber to review the decision taken by the Chamber of Inquiry on June 13, 2018 The Judicial Chamber decided on September 19, 2018 that the case should be referred to the Chamber of Inquiry for further investigation. On October 3, 2018, Paris Saint-Germain appealed to the CAS to obtain the annulment of this decision on the basis that Article 16, paragraph 1, provided for a 10-day review period during which any revisions should be initiated and completed and that the deferred decision was clearly delayed.
The CAS expert group responsible for the matter issued its decision based on the written observations of the parties. The CAS group agreed that the 10-day deadline starting from the date of the communication of the decision of the head of the investigator to the CFCB president, as established in article 16, paragraph 1 of the applicable rules, meant indeed that the review carried out by the Admissions Board should have taken place within ten days and, since the contested Decision was issued after the 10-day deadline, the disputed Decision was inappropriate and must be annulled.
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