Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid have declared their intention to move forward with the European Super League after a court protected them from UEFA disciplinary proceedings related to the project’s ill-fated launch earlier this year.
On Friday, the Madrid Mercantile Court dismissed UEFA’s appeal against its ruling earlier this month that disciplinary proceedings relating to the Super League’s 12 founding clubs must be eliminated.
The Spanish couple and the Italian giants welcomed the decision against what they called “UEFA threats” and condemned the European football governing body for its “monopoly stance” on its governance of the game in a joint statement.
The case will now be assessed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
“FC Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s court decision implementing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to dissolve the actions taken against all founding clubs of the European Super League, including the closure of the disciplinary proceedings against the three signatory clubs and the removal of the sanctions and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs to avoid disciplinary action by UEFA, “the statement read.
“The court supports the request made by the European Super League promoters, dismisses UEFA’s appeal and confirms its warning to UEFA that failure to comply with its ruling will result in fines and potential criminal liability.”
The press release continues: “Our goal is to continue developing the Super League project in a constructive and cooperative way, always counting on all football stakeholders: fans, players, coaches, clubs, leagues, national and international associations.
“We are aware that there are elements of our proposal that should be revised and, of course, can be improved through dialogue and consensus. We remain confident in the success of a project that will always comply with the laws of the European Union ”.
The proposed format for the Super League ensured participation by its 12 founders, but in April it quickly sparked outrage across the football world.
With the retirement of Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – Milan, Inter and Atletico Madrid soon followed.
These nine clubs have agreed to pay € 15m each to support European grassroots initiatives and to divest five per cent of their UEFA club competition revenues next season following reconciliation talks with the governing body. .
Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid did not back down, prompting a UEFA investigation and disciplinary proceedings initiated in May that should have led to tougher penalties.
Friday’s ruling in the Spanish capital effectively nullifies all these measures. UEFA has yet to comment on the latest developments.