UEFA said that “the proceedings are void, as if the proceedings had never been opened”.© AFP
UEFA says it will drop its disciplinary case against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their involvement in the controversial European Super League, to comply with a judgment of a court in Madrid. The governing body of European football said late Monday that “the proceedings are void, as if the proceedings had never been opened”. This is the latest chapter in an affair that has sent shock waves through football. The three heavyweight clubs were among 12 “founders” who caused a stir in April with their proposal for the elite breakaway league.
The nine others withdrew quickly when fans and other clubs reacted angrily to the initiative, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus refused to bow.
UEFA, which has been pursuing the three clubs over what it called a possible breach of UEFA’s legal framework, also said it would ‘demand no payment’ from the other nine clubs, including English Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Premier League clubs have agreed to pay a combined sum of £ 22 million as a gesture of ‘benevolence’ on the matter. The other three clubs under the 12 were Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Experts say the idea of a Super League is by no means dead in the water The President of Barcelona, Joan Laporta recently warned that the Super League is “still alive”.
He said the Super League would mean ‘financial sustainability for the clubs’ and lead to a more attractive competition’.
UEFA indicated on Monday that it intends to fight its corner.
“UEFA will continue to take all necessary steps, in accordance with national and EU law, to defend the interests of UEFA and all football stakeholders,” the statement said.
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