UEFA overturned disciplinary measures against dissident Super League clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, after a court in Madrid ruled that European football’s governing body should not sanction rebel clubs.
UEFA had opened an investigation against the three clubs but in June it suspended the proceedings after being informed by the Swiss authorities of an order from the commercial court in Madrid obtained by the legal entity European Super League Company SL.
UEFA’s latest action was to declare the procedure canceled.
“Following the stay of proceedings against FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF, in the case relating to a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework in the context of the“ Super League ”, the ‘UEFA’s appeal body today declared the proceedings void. and no one, as if the procedure had never been opened, “UEFA said in a statement.
Juve, Barca and Real are the last of the 12 clubs which signed up for the Super League in April not to have distanced themselves from the breakaway project which collapsed when the six English clubs as well as Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid have withdrawn.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has continued to argue that the plan remains the best way forward for European football despite criticism.
Proceedings continued in a court in Madrid to prevent UEFA from punishing clubs that attempted to break with established structures of European football, including the UEFA Champions League.
In July, Madrid’s 17th Commercial Court ordered the abandonment of all financial and sporting sanctions against founding members of the Super League, including amounts owed to UEFA by the other nine clubs, including six football teams. Premier League, which was originally part of the project.
Plans, announced in April, for the 12 clubs to create a European Super League collapsed after just two days as eight of the 12 founding members from England, Italy and Spain abandoned the breakaway plan under tremendous pressure from football fans, politicians and officials.
The Super League has argued that it will increase the income of top football clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.
However, sports governing bodies, other teams and fan organizations have said that the league will only strengthen the power and wealth of elite clubs, and that the partially closed structure goes against the model of long standing in European football.
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