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Bayern Munich complained to EU about cheating La Liga clubs

Spanish politician says Bayern reported Real Madrid and others to EU Commission.

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A Spanish politician has claimed that Bayern Munich made the complaint to the European Union that has led to many La Liga clubs being forced to pay back money received from illegal state aid.

Seven La Liga clubs in total were punished, including Real Madrid who were ordered to pay the city back €18.4 million after an illegal state subsidy. They used that subsidy to buy cheap land around the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid have appealed the ruling.

"At least from what I've heard, the complaint came from Bayern," Santiago Fisas, a Spanish MEP, said. "It is strange to me that the Commission just punished Spanish clubs and not those, for example, who have free municipal stadiums, as that is also government support."

The other clubs ordered to pay back money of some form are Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, Valencia, Hercules, and Elche.

This isn’t the first time that rumors have come from Spain that Bayern have been involved in Spanish clubs getting caught cheating. Earlier this year, Bayern were rumored to have tipped off UEFA about Real Madrid illegally recruiting children for their youth academy, leading to a one year transfer ban.

The moral here is to not cheat.

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