Galatasaray scores win over UEFA in finance monitoring case

Galatasaray players celebrated a goal against Benfica during the Europa League round of 32 soccer match between Galatasaray and Benfica, in Istanbul, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

In a legal setback for UEFA, Galatasaray has succeeded in blocking a further investigation into the club's compliance with financial monitoring rules

NYON, Switzerland — In a legal setback for UEFA, Galatasaray has succeeded in blocking a further investigation into the club's compliance with financial monitoring rules.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has upheld Galatasaray's appeal against a UEFA panel trying to open a deeper investigation of an already settled case.

It is unclear if Friday's ruling has significance for an appeal by Paris Saint-Germain in a similar case.

UEFA investigators reached an agreement with Galatasaray in June for the club to be deducted 6 million euros ($6.8 million) in prize money, and limit its Champions League squad this season to 21 senior players instead of 25.

Judges on UEFA's club finance panel asked to re-open the investigation in October, provoking Galatasaray's challenge to CAS.

CAS says the judging panel missed a deadline to intervene.

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