UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, the three teams who remain committed to the breakaway European Super League (ESL) project.
An investigation into all three clubs was first launched two weeks ago, whilst the other nine teams involved in the project will not be involved in any further proceedings.
However, the owners of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have remained steadfast in their support of the breakaway league, condemning ‘intolerable’ pressure from third parties to ‘desist from their right and duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem via concrete proposals and constructive dialogue’.
In its official statement, the UEFA detailed: “Following an investigation conducted by UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework.’
In addition to facing scrutiny from UEFA, Juventus may be expelled from the Serie A if it continues to commit to the ESL, according to the league’s President, Gabriele Gravina.
Meanwhile, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United of the Premier League, AC Milan and Inter Milan of Serie A and Atletico Madrid of La Liga, have all renewed their commitment to the existing national and international competitions.
The teams also agreed to make a combined donation of €15 million to support grassroots and children’s football across the continent, whilst 5% of their income derived from UEFA tournaments for one season will be redistributed.
Although all nine clubs have been threatened with heavy fines and expulsion from both the respective national and international tournaments should they again pursue an interest in the ESL, they will not face the same level of disciplinary action as the remaining three teams – who could be suspended from all UEFA competitions for two-years.