UEFA makes decision on Real Madrid and Barcelona's participation in the Champions League following RFEF's letter.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the five other LALIGA teams that qualified to play in European competitions this season no longer risk suspension after UEFA's stance on the 'kiss-gate' scandal.
Following the bizarre action by the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, during the medal ceremony at the World Cup, where he kissed striker Jennifer Hermoso on the lips, individuals and bodies alike called for his resignation.
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This included the Spanish government, which is said to have gotten involved in finding a resolution to the scandal, with pressure being applied to get Rubiales to leave the role.
The administrator announced he would not step down but has since been provisionally suspended by FIFA.
However, this has not stopped the RFEF from pushing back, as according to a report by Mail Online, they self-reported to UEFA in an attempt to get Spanish teams suspended.
Given UEFA and FIFA's rules that restrict governments from interfering in football administration, the RFEF reportedly sought to get the country punished for the Spanish government's involvement in the 'Kissgate' scandal.
Spanish teams safe to play UEFA competitions
Had the Spanish FA gotten their way in what they were alleged to have done, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla, who all qualified for this season's Champions League; Real Betis and Villarreal for the Europa League; and Osasuna for the Conference League, would have risked suspension.
However, according to a report by Relevo, UEFA did indeed receive a letter from the RFEF reporting government interference; however, they have decided not to intervene.
This means the Spanish teams in European competitions this season no longer risk being barred from participating.
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