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The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has the important role of overseeing the application of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
The CFCB is an Organ for the Administration of Justice and may impose disciplinary measures in the event of non-fulfilment of the requirements set out in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. Its final decisions may only be appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. Importantly, the CFCB is competent to determine whether licensors (national associations or their affiliated league) and licence applicants/licensees (clubs) have fulfilled the licensing criteria or the financial fair play requirements, and to decide on cases relating to club eligibility for the UEFA club competitions.
The CFCB is made of a First Chamber and an Appeals Chamber, both headed by a Chairman and independent from each other.
Club Financial Control Body First Chamber
The First Chamber of the CFCB acts as the first-instance decision-maker within the CFCB.
It consists of a chairman, who heads the First Chamber and takes all necessary measures to guarantee its proper functioning, and at least three other members, including a vice-chairman.
The First Chamber has jurisdiction to:
- determine whether licensors have fulfilled their obligations defined in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations;
- determine whether clubs fulfil the licensing criteria;
- determine whether clubs comply with the financial fair play requirements;
- decide on cases relating to club eligibility for the UEFA competitions;
- decide on clubs’ requests for exceptions to the three-year rule; and
- enter into voluntary agreements with clubs.
In case defendants breach their obligations defined in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, the First Chamber may enter into settlement agreements or impose disciplinary measures exhaustively defined within the Procedural rules governing the CFCB.
The First Chamber makes its decisions in the presence of at least three members who attended the deliberations, and by simple majority.
Sunil Gulati, United States of America
Petra Stanonik Bosnjak, Slovenia
Jacobo Beltran, Spain
Michael Bolingbroke, England
Marco Di Siena, Italy
Egon Franck, Germany
Helmut Schwärzler, Liechtenstein
Jeroen Slop, Netherlands
Club Financial Control Body Appeals Chamber
The Appeals Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body hears appeals against decisions by the CFCB First Chamber.
The Appeals Chamber consists of the chairman who heads the Appeals Chamber and at least three other members, including a vice-chairman.
The Appeals Chamber makes its final decisions in the presence of at least three of its members, who have attended the deliberations, and by simple majority. The Appeals Chamber may take the following final decisions: to dismiss the case, uphold, amend or overturn the First Chamber’s decision, to accept or reject the club's admission to the UEFA club competition; to impose disciplinary measures.
Disciplinary measures include among others the following: a warning; a reprimand; a fine; deduction of points; withholding of revenues from a UEFA competition; prohibition on registering new players in UEFA competitions; restriction on the number of players that a club may register for participation in UEFA competitions, including a financial limit on the overall aggregate cost of players registered on the A-list for the purposes of UEFA club competitions; disqualification from competitions in progress and/or exclusion from future competitions; withdrawal of a title or award.
Didier Poracchia, France
Charles Flint QC, England
Giovanni Facci, Italy
Adam Giersz, Poland
Louise Reilly, Ireland