Marseille fined by UEFA but keeps Champions League place

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — French club Marseille has been ordered to pay a fine of $3.4 million to UEFA for breaking rules that monitor club finances. UEFA says the American-owned club will retain its place in next season’s Champions League but will forfeit 15% of its European competition prize money over the next two seasons. Marseille’s place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League is worth tens of millions of dollars. The three French clubs in the competition last season each got at least $46 million from UEFA. Marseille’s squad will also be limited to 23 senior players instead of 25 for the next three seasons in UEFA club competitions.