UEFA take more than 1MILLION quid from the English TV money pot for scheduling fixtures on Champions League nights
16:09 GMT, 26 April 2013
16:21 GMT, 26 April 2013
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UEFA have taken more than a million pounds from the English clubs' pot of Champions League television money for scheduling domestic matches against the competition.
The 1.3million euro fine was imposed after UEFA's disciplinary panel found 'clashes relating to the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.'
The cash, which relates to 10 per cent of payments that were due to The Football Association in 2010-2011, was previously withheld.
Fine: UEFA have fined English clubs more than a million pounds for scheduling domestic matches against the Champions League. UEFA President Michel Platini stands with the trophy
Heartbreak: The fines relate to the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in the former, and Leo Messi (centre) broke Manchester United hearts at Wembley the following year
UEFA says the money will be spread among clubs in other countries, with the majority of it to be spent on youth training.
The FA have also been fined 50,000 euros (42,000) for their involvement.
English officials are said to have been repeatedly warned about league and cup matches clashing with the Champions League.
A UEFA statement said it will 'establish a working group, which will involve representatives of the FA, in order to avoid calendar clashes in future.'
Return of the Special One: Jose Mourinho (centre) returned to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 2010 – his Inter side went on to win the competition
One fixture that invoked UEFA's anger was Liverpool's 3-0 derby win in March 2012, the game Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick.
At the time the Premier League said that clashes are sometimes unavoidable and refused to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Speaking in April 2012, Dan Johnson, the Premier League's communications director, said: 'We have refused to sign the MOU because although we would never seek to go head-to-head with European games, sometimes it's inevitable.
'We don't believe Uefa have the right to say when domestic leagues can and can't schedule their fixtures, especially when Uefa have themselves increased the number of European nights by spreading out their match days and moving the Champions League final to a Saturday.'
Fixture clash: Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Everton in March 2012, a night when Champions League matches were taking place