To comply with a Madrid court order, UEFA has dropped its disciplinary case against Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus for their participation in the controversial European Super League.
“The procedures are null and void, as if the proceedings had never been opened,” European football’s governing body stated.
It’s the latest chapter in a saga that has shocked the football world.
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The three heavyweight clubs were among a group of 12 “founders” that created a stir in April when they proposed a breakaway league for elites.
When fans and other teams responded negatively to the plan, the nine others swiftly backed down, but Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have refused to compromise.
UEFA abandons disciplinary case against three SL clubs
UEFA also stated that it “would not request payment” from the other nine clubs, which include English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur, for what it deemed a potential violation of UEFA’s regulatory framework.
As a show of “goodwill,” the Premier League clubs had agreed to contribute a total of £22 million. Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan were the other three clubs in the group of 12.
Experts claim the Super League concept is far from dead, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently stated that the Super League is “still alive.”
He claimed that the Super League will give clubs “financial stability” and make the tournament “more appealing.”
On Monday, UEFA stated its commitment to continue battling for its rights.
“UEFA will continue to take all necessary steps, in strict line with national and EU law, to protect the interests of UEFA and all football stakeholders,” the statement stated.