Real Madrid and Barcelona charged over unfair state aid

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Real Madrid supporters celebrate after the penalty shootout of the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy, 28 May 2016. Real won 5-3 on penalties.

Real Madrid and Barcelona charged over unfair state aid


The European Commission ruled against seven Spanish football clubs, stating that they received unfair advantages from the Spanish State, breaching EU State Aid regulations.

The Commission's decision came after three different investigations that have been around for a long time. Among the seven clubs, there are Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona plus other Spanish powerhouses like Athletic Club de Bilbao and Valencia CF and smaller clubs like Atlético Osasuna, Heracles and Elche.

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