UEFA withholds cash from 6 clubs for unpaid debts
NYON, Switzerland (AP) - UEFA is withholding Champions League and Europa League prize money from six clubs over unpaid debts.
UEFA says they are Astra Ploiesti, Metalurh Donetsk, Hajduk Split, HSK Zrinjski, Skonto Riga and Trabzonspor.
A further 25 clubs, which UEFA did not name, must also provide further information about apparent financial problems. All 31 have been given a Sept. 30 deadline.
The cases involve "overdue payables,'' involving late payments of transfer fees, wages and social taxes.
UEFA says the provisional sanctions "remain in force until all identified balances have been settled in full,'' or its club finance panel gives final verdicts.
UEFA says the hundreds of clubs it monitors owed 9 million euros ($12.2 million) in overdue payments by June 2013, compared to 57 million euros (now $77 million) two years earlier.