UEFA launch disciplinary action against Real, Barcelona and Juventus

UEFA launch disciplinary action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus after trio failed to renounce involvement in European Super League… and they could face TWO-YEAR Champions League ban

  • Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona did not renounce involvement in ESL  
  • UEFA have announced they are opening disciplinary proceedings against them 
  • Clubs that withdrew gave just over £13m to benefit grassroots football 
  • Three other clubs may even be faced with expulsion from Champions League

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their involvement in the aborted European Super League, UEFA has announced.

The three teams were the only ones of 12 original breakaway clubs who did not subsequently renounce the competition and reaffirm their commitment to UEFA.

A UEFA statement read: ‘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 CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework.’

Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid could face serious sanctions along with Barcelona and Juventus over their involvement in the aborted European Super League

Perez and Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli played key roles in the proposal for a closed-shop style breakaway league

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said dirty dozen clubs are ‘like flat earthers’ and said they must be punished last month

The European governing body had opened a disciplinary investigation into the three clubs two weeks ago.

The nine other clubs – the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, as well as AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – committed to the existing national and international competitions, with the threat of heavy fines and expulsion were they to renew their interest in the breakaway project.

They agreed to make a combined €15million (just over £13m) goodwill contribution to benefit children’s and grassroots football across Europe.

Barcelona, whose president is Joan Laporta (above), are being investigated like Real and Juve

Lionel Messi and Co could even face a two-year Champions League suspension

They also agreed to have five per cent of UEFA competition revenues withheld for one season, with the money to be redistributed.

But Real, Barcelona and Juventus not only failed to follow their lead, but issued a joint statement standing by the prospective competition and its legal standing.

UEFA’s move raises the prospect of the three clubs being sanctioned, with some reports suggesting they face expulsion from UEFA competitions such as the Champions League for a period of two years.




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