Brussels - The EU on Monday ordered seven Spanish football
clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid to pay back millions of euros
(dollars) in illegal state aid.
The European Commission said
Spanish government support, including tax breaks and overpriced land
transfers, gave the clubs an "unfair advantage" over others.
other clubs were Valencia, Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish top flight and
Atletico Osasuna, Elche and Hercules in the second division.
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taxpayers' money to finance professional football clubs can create
unfair competition," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said
in a statement.
"Professional football is a commercial activity
with significant money involved and public money must comply with fair
"The subsidies we investigated in these cases did not."
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