28th February 2017. By Danni Biggs.
The UEFA rules prohibits two football clubs in which a company owns from being admitted into the same UEFA club competition. In article 5 of the UEFA European Competitions Regulations reads ‘no club participating in a UEFA club competition may, either directly or indirectly hold or deal in the securities or shares of any other club participating in a UEFA club competition.’ Meaning it could lead to the UEFA to remove one of Red Bull clubs from UCL.
RB Leipzig has a sister team in the form of Austrian giants RB Salzburg, the Champions League regulars. With Leipzig taking their first Bundesliga campaign by storm both teams are looking like likely candidates to compete in the UCL competition. However, UEFA can only allow one of the teams to enter as they are both owned by the same company.
UEFA insists that Champions League ban for either RB Salzburg or RB Leipzig is hypothetical until after qualifying places are decided at the end of the season. UEFA have said ‘(There will be) more concrete information from the beginning of June, when the list of participating clubs taking part in UEFA European competitions is published.’
RB Leipzig Unconcerned over Potential Ban
RB Leipzig has been formed for just seven years and this season is their first season in the top flight of German football, the Bundesliga. Leipzig are 5 points off top of the table Bayern Munich, meaning they are comfortably sitting in second with a strong 8 point lead ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
The blossoming Leipzig stunned the title contenders Borussia Dortmund as they embarked on a consecutive eight match winning streak. The new side went unbeaten for 13 games making it the best record for a promoted team. So, will someone put these young stars back in their place or can they go all the way?
Top goal scorer Timo Werner with 11 goals this season has since his move to Leipzig become of the Germany’s most lethal strikers. The national German team has been looking for a top-class striker so surely it’s just a matter of time until Werner makes a full debut for Germany.
RB Leipzig’s outstanding first Bundesliga campaign has given their home fans something to cheer about at the Red Bull arena. Leipzig’s home record is the best in Bundesliga, with their away record just second to top-spot Bayern Munich’s.
With RB already knocked out of the DFB Cup it gives them chance to just focus on their Bundesliga campaign. Whereas rivals Munich also have to worry about their upcoming Champions League games and a quarter final for the DFB Cup in the month of March. All these reasons give Leipzig even more chance to maintain their position in the Bundesliga.
The Red Bull sponsored club chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has insisted that he is not worried about the side’s potential ban from next seasons UEFA Champions League. Mintzlaff has said that he is confident that RB Leipzig will be given the green light to play in Europe next season if they qualify.
UEFA has refused to clarify its stance on Salzburg and Leipzig taking part in the same competition on the grounds that their European qualification is merely “hypothetical” at present.
RB Leipzig: Most Hated Club in Germany
RB Leipzig is the most hated club in Bundesliga. Stones, bottles and insults were thrown at the Leipzig fans by Borussia Dortmund supporters as well as a display of hate banners. The hatred is because of the way they are wholly owned by one company, Red Bull. The RB side are also challenging for Champions League in their first campaign in the top flight. For the Bulls owner, Red Bull, selling drinks is the core business and there have been plenty more insults since the company bought a team in the Leipzig suburbs in 2009 and oversaw four promotions in seven seasons.
Usual Participants RB Salzburg
The mighty Austrian Salzburg side has been a regular participant in the UEFA Champions League. However this could all be about to change as both Red Bull teams are looking like likely qualifying participants, but only one will be allowed in!
RB Salzburg is top of the table, dominating the top flight of Austrian of football. Salzburg has qualified for the UEFA Champions League since 1995, whereas Leipzig is still yet to qualify for this huge competition.
Red Bull has withdrawn many of their special rights at the Red Bull arena, meaning they only finance the club as a sponsor now. With the formal separation complete the Salzburg sports director said “I believe that both Leipzig and Salzburg will be able to participate in an international competition next season.”
It would be likely that UEFA would choose Salzburg to complete in the Champions League over Leipzig due to being better placed in the league, providing the ruling goes through. However with many games still yet to play until the season has ended the former could relinquish their spot, resulting in new comers Leipzig taking their place.