They still refuse to deny the ephemeral private Super League project. The appeal committee of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided on Wednesday 9 June to suspend ” until further notice “ the disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin, the last three clubs to defend the Super League project, a private competition that rocked European football in April.
The European body launched this investigation on May 25, threatening the three clubs with sanctions for a “Potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework”, while the other nine promoters of the Super League have evaded these lawsuits in exchange for light financial penalties.
But on Monday, UEFA was notified of an injunction pronounced at the end of April by a court in Madrid, which had prohibited the organization as well as FIFA from cracking down on this potential competing project of the Champions League as long as the the conflict would not have been resolved on the merits.
The Madrid Commercial Court indeed seized the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in mid-May to find out whether UEFA was abusing its ” dominant position “ by seeking to block this competing tournament. The body chaired by Aleksander Ceferin threatened Real, Barça and Juventus with being excluded from European competitions.
Two days of controversy
After forty-eight hours of controversy, opposing supporters, certain authorities and players, nine of the twelve mutineers at the origin of the Super League project had withdrawn, including Chelsea and Manchester City, finalists of the last C1, by recognizing having committed ” a mistake “. UEFA had fined them a light fine, the rebels agreeing to pay together 15 million euros and give up 5% of their European windfall for a season.
The six English clubs involved have also reached a financial deal with their home league, the powerful Premier League, totaling € 25m, British media reported on Wednesday. But for the last three European clubs involved in the project, UEFA, which is playing its credibility, if not its financial survival around its flagship event, reserved itself to take stronger measures. For their part, Real, Barça and Juventus had judged “Incomprehensible” threats of sanction from UEFA and declared in a joint statement to remain “Committed to modernizing football”.
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