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Spain's EU state aid case explained as La Liga clubs face sanctions

The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.
The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union.

The European Commission ruled on Monday that seven La Liga clubs have received illegal state aid in recent years -- and that the money must now be repaid to the government coffers. We take a look at what the ruling actually means and how things might play out.

Q: What happened on Monday?

A: The European Commission ruled that various parts of the Spanish government had broken EU state-aid rules by providing illegal assistance to seven different La Liga clubs.

The headline finding was that Real Madrid...

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Real Madrid, Barcelona among La Liga clubs ordered by EU to repay state aid

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives his take on Spanish club's dominance in European competitions over the last three seasons.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other La Liga clubs were ordered Monday by the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, to repay money to the Spanish government over various instances of the state providing aid to them.

European champions Real Madrid, Spanish league champions Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna were ordered to repay state tax credits given to them by Spain that date back 20 years.

The initial sum total was estimated to be €68.8 million euros, according to...

Valencia, Elche and Hercules warned over illegal state aid

EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has warned that any Spanish clubs found guilty of receiving illegal state aid will have to pay the millions of euros involved back quickly, with interest.

Almunia was responding to a question regarding the cases of Valencia, Elche and Hercules, who all received loan guarantees from the regional Valencian government, in moves the European Commission is investigating at present.

However, his comments could also apply to Real Madrid, who are under investigation...

LFP confident over EC investigation

La Liga authorities say they are confident an ongoing European Commission investigation into various types of potentially illegal state aid to Spanish clubs is not a concern.

The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.
The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.

• Platini: Socio system ideal

The EC is reported to be examining official links to Primera Division clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, Valencia and Elche, as well as Segunda Division side Hercules, to determine whether any have received illegal government support...

Huesca fail in plea to demote Hercules

La Liga authorities have rejected SD Huesca’s plea to see Hercules immediately relegated due to allegations the latter club was involved in match-fixing in Spain’s second division last season.

On August 5, Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) president Javier Tebas, along with Spain’s sports minister Miguel Cardenal, told a press conference that various inquiries were taking place into three Primera Division and six Segunda Division games from the 2012-13 season, due to suspicions...