Barcelona say they will consider challenging UEFA’s decision to fine them €30,000 for the presence of pro-Catalan flags during last month’s Champions League final.
Barca were sanctioned by the European game’s governing body on Thursday, despite the UEFA delegate filing a report on the club’s victory over Juventus rating the behaviour of their socis and fans in Berlin as ‘excellent’ and noting that the Estelada flag was not prohibited by the Catalan government.
“FC Barcelona respect UEFA’s sanction, which the club were notified about [on Thursday] in relation to the Champions League final in Berlin, but we strongly disagree with it, especially in light of the [UEFA] delegate’s praise for the excellent behaviour of Barca socis and fans before, during and after the game, as detailed in his report,” read a statement on Barca’s official website.
“In order to defend the rights of socis and the club, and with the utmost respect for the current legislation, the club’s legal team will consider the possibility of challenging the punishment, which was issued on [Thursday].
“We believe that the rights of the club and our socis are not inconsistent with the current legislation, but rather the opposite.”