UEFA wins first against Leipzig in royal class
Munich – RB Leipzig’s admission to the Champions League was apparently in danger. Only a few weeks ago it looked like an expulsion – layoffs followed. Since Tuesday, it has been clear that the Champions League will be open to RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg in the coming season, and UEFA has also given the go-ahead for the two clubs to start in the premier league following their sporting qualification. The crucial article 5 of the competition rules (integrity of the competition) was not violated, it was said, but now it turned out: A few weeks ago, however, it had looked as if the runner-up in the Champions League would have had to watch, as the New York Times reported, on 26 March. The UEFA informed both Leipzig and Salzburg on 5 May that there had not been enough efforts to separate the two clubs. The case was then handed over to the UEFA Arbitration Court, and even more importantly, if this commission had come to the same conclusion, Leipzig would have been refused admission to the Champions League. Only one team of the two could have started, Salzburg would have been preferred as a higher-ranked team in their league, but then there were apparently several changes in the structures of the two clubs, especially in Austria’s championship. In concrete terms, because Red Bull is officially the main sponsor in Salzburg, it was easier to reduce the influence of the beverage manufacturer, and according to the report, some of Red Bull’s employees were released from their duties in Salzburg. The contract as main sponsor is due to be extended until 2022, but with reduced salaries, which will reduce the impact on Salzburg’s budget, UEFA finally announced on Tuesday that “significant management and structural changes regarding corporate issues, finances, personnel, sponsorship, etc.” will be made to both clubs. Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl said in an interview with SPORT1:”I am very pleased, but the surprise was not so big, because we knew that the conditions for this were created. We managed to do what was not to be expected. But it was a furious year,”Because the runner-up is likely to land in pot 4 at the draw, Leipzig expects a heavy group. Hasenhüttl has already announced that he wants to strengthen his team’s position, especially in terms of width, and as the world reports, the jerseys of Salzburg and Leipzig will also be reworked so that there is no risk of confusion. In the qualification for the royal class in 2016, Salzburg’s Andreas Ulmer had accidentally been in a jersey from RB Leipzig – the confusion had only been noticed after the end of the match.