In football live today, UEFA dropped punishments for Super League founding clubs, who would’ve broken away from their Champions League.
Nine of the 12 founding members pulled out of the breakaway Super League due to massive fan backlash.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, AC Milan, Inter, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid all withdrew and committed to UEFA.
However, three teams have remained adamant that a Super League is best for football – Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus.
And now, these three clubs, who didn’t renew their commitment to UEFA, saw them drop their harsher sanctions against them.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus issued a joint statement applauding this court decision that ended UEFA’s disciplinary proceedings against them.
UEFA had warned the three remaining sides that if they continue with their own league, they would face severe punishments.
Football Live Today – UEFA Dropped Punishments for Super League
UEFA’s original threat of sanctions included financial sanctions and bans from competing in other competitions.
But now, a court has now ruled in their favour, and they couldn’t be happier.
“FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s Court’s decision enforcing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to unwind the actions taken against all European Super League founding clubs, including terminating the disciplinary proceedings against the undersigning three clubs and removing the penalties and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs for them to avoid UEFA’s disciplinary action,” a statement on Juventus’ official website read.
“The Court backs the request made by the promoters of the European Super League, dismisses UEFA’s appeal, and confirms its warning to UEFA that failure to comply with its ruling shall result in fines and potential criminal liability. The case will be assessed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which shall review UEFA’s monopolistic position over European football.
“We have the duty to address the very serious issues facing football: UEFA has established itself as the sole regulator, exclusive operator, and unique owner of rights of European football competitions. This monopolistic position, in conflict of interest, is damaging football and its competitive balance.
“As shown by ample evidence, financial controls are inadequate, and they have been improperly enforced. Clubs participating in European competitions have the right to govern their own competitions.
“We are pleased that going forward we will no longer be subject to ongoing UEFA’s threats. Our aim is to keep developing the Super League project in a constructive and cooperative manner, always counting on all football stakeholders: fans, players, coaches, clubs, leagues, and national and international associations.
“We are aware that there are elements of our proposal that should be reviewed and, of course, can be improved through dialogue and consensus. We remain confident in the success of a project that will be always compliant with European Union laws.”