Salzburg’s suc­cess puts Leipzig Cham­pi­ons League spot in doubt

New Straits Times - - Sport -

VI­ENNA: Salzburg won a fourth straight Aus­trian league ti­tle on Satur­day mean­ing Euro­pean foot­ball’s govern­ing body UEFA must now de­cide if Ger­man club RB Leipzig can com­pete in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.

Salzburg’s 1-0 win over Rapid Vi­enna gave them an unas­sail­able 72 points from 33 games.

Both Salzburg and Leipzig are owned by Aus­trian en­ergy drinks gi­ant Red Bull and UEFA rules state that two clubs con­trolled by the same own­ers can­not com­pete in the same com­pe­ti­tion.

With Red Bull’s bil­lions be­hind them since 2005, Salzburg have won the Aus­trian ti­tle eight times and a now record-equalling four in a row since 2014.

Leipzig, founded by Red Bull in 2009, only reached Ger­many’s top flight this sea­son after four pro­mo­tions in seven years.

Leipzig, sec­ond in the Bun­desliga be­hind cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich who they lost 5-4 to on Satur­day, se­cured qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Cham­pi­ons League last week­end for the first time.

Salzburg have never man­aged to get past the qual­i­fy­ing rounds of the pres­ti­gious Euro­pean tour­na­ment. AFP

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