Shortly before the elimination: How RB saved the Champions League
UEFA originally did not want to allow Leipzig for the royal class. Only drastic measures at Sister Club Salzburg brought the association to rethink. RB Leipzig appeared to be far more at risk of being banned from the Champions League than previously thought, according to a recent UEFA report quoted by the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, according to which UEFA chief investigator Jose Cunha Rodrigues originally wanted to prevent two clubs under the umbrella brand Red Bulls from starting in the royal class. In its ruling on the approval of both clubs, UEFA stated that both Salzburg and Leipzig had “made significant management and structural changes”, particularly in the areas of business, finance, personnel and sponsorship.