RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg cleared to play in Champions League

The Bundesliga club RB Leipzig and Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg have both been cleared by UEFA to play in the Champions League.

UEFA does not allow any two clubs competing in European competition to share the same owner, and have a rule in place that prohibits clubs with strong links from playing in Europe in the same season, and both Leipzig and Salzburg are associated with the energy-drink maker Red Bull.

In a scenario where a violation of the rule happens, priority is given to the team who are champions of their country, meaning that RB Leipzig would have missed out.

However, the European football governing body ruled that both clubs, which secured qualification for the 2017-18 edition of the Champions League through their respective leagues, had “no individual or legal entity had a decisive influence over more than one club”.

UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) elaborated that they have found no breach of Article 5 concerning the integrity of the competition, although the decision may be appealed against to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 10 days.

Red Bull had purchased Austria Salzburg back in 2005 and had rebranded it into Red Bull Salzburg, but following a restructuring it no longer has a controlling stake and merely sponsors the club.

The same company also founded RB Leipzig, and, with backing from the company won four promotions in seven seasons, before finishing second in their first ever Bundesliga season.

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