RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg can both play in the Champions League next season, Uefa has confirmed.
Both clubs are associated with the energy-drink maker Red Bull and Uefa prohibits clubs with strong links from playing in Europe in the same season.
But Uefa ruled “no individual or legal entity had a decisive influence over more than one club”.
Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig and Austrian champions Salzburg both qualified for the 2017-18 competition.
Leipzig were founded in 2009 with backing from the company and won four promotions in seven seasons, before finishing second in their first ever top-flight season.
Red Bull bought Austria Salzburg in 2005, renaming it, but following a restructuring it no longer has a controlling stake and merely sponsors the club.
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Uefa does not allow any two clubs competing in European competition to share the same owner.
In cases where that happens, priority is given to a team who are champions of their country, meaning that Leipzig would have missed out.
But Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) found there was no breach of Article 5 concerning the integrity of the competition.
The decision may be appealed against to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 10 days.
What do the Uefa rules say?
Uefa Article 5 – Integrity of the competition
5.01 To ensure the integrity of the Uefa club competitions, the following criteria apply:
a. no club participating in a Uefa club competition may, either directly or indirectly:
i. hold or deal in the securities or shares of any other club participating in a Uefa club competition,
ii. be a member of any other club participating in a Uefa club competition,
iii. be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of any other club participating in a Uefa club competition, or
iv. have any power whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of any other club participating in a Uefa club competition;
b. no-one may simultaneously be involved, either directly or indirectly, in any capacity whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of more than one club participating in a Uefa club competition;
c. no individual or legal entity may have control or influence over more than one club participating in a Uefa club competition, such control or influence being defined in this context as:
i. holding a majority of the shareholders’ voting rights;
ii. having the right to appoint or remove a majority of the members of the administrative, management or supervisory body of the club;
iii. being a shareholder and alone controlling a majority of the shareholders’ voting rights pursuant to an agreement entered into with other shareholders of the club; or
iv. being able to exercise by any means a decisive influence in the decision-making of the club.