UEFA Bans FC Porto From Champions League

John HoumesSenior Analyst IJune 4, 2008

The eyes of the Portuguese have been focused on their national side, with the European tournament right around the corner. But the Portuguese club champs, FC Porto, have managed to steal some headlines today.

UEFA announced Porto would not be allowed to compete in the 2008/2009 UEFA Champions League.

Porto had been accused of bribing referees in domestic matches during the 2003/2004 campaign. They were fined a reported €150,000 by Professional Portuguese Football League and were deducted six points.

Because of this, the 2003-2004 European club champs do not meet UEFA's Article 1.04 (d) of the Champions League regulations.

This article states that no club can be engaged in "an activity aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of a match." Porto has three days to appeal.

The club was eliminated in the first knock-out round of the Champions League last season by Schalke. They had topped Liverpool, Marseille, and Besiktas, to finish at the front of Group A.