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UEFA reiterate stance concerning loan players

11 April 2014 12:31

UEFA have issued a strong reminder to clubs that they are forbidden from influencing another club’s team selection in European competitions.

The governing body issued a statement on Friday amid reports Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could be prevented from playing in the Liga leaders' UEFA Europa League semi-final clash with his parent club Chelsea.

The Belgium international is in his third consecutive season-long loan deal at Atletico from Chelsea and the sides were drawn against each oher on Friday.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo is quoted as saying that a clause in Courtois' loan contract stipulates that "a big quantity of money" must be paid to Chelsea to allow the keeper to face his parent club, and UEFA have now underlined their stance on the matter.

European football's governing body appeared to prohibit any such clause and stated, if a stipulation of that nature was enforced, sanctions would follow.

"Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match," the statement read.

"It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.

"Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly."

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