Juventus, Madrid, Barcelona face UEFA disciplinary proceedings

 


UEFA has opened formal disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, for failing to renounce the aborted Super League project.

The proceedings will clash with a court case already filed by the three big clubs.

Real, Barcelona and Juventus filed a case through a Commercial Court in Madrid which referred the matter to the European Court of Justice.

The court is being asked to pronounce on whether UEFA is abusing its “dominant position” by seeking to block a competing tournament.

On Tuesday, UEFA unfazed by the court action said it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the clubs, to find out if they commit a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework.

UEFA appointed “ethics and disciplinary inspectors” on May 12 to conduct a preliminary investigation.

The other nine promoters of the Super League escaped prosecution in exchange for light financial penalties.

UEFA, challenged in mid-April by the launch of the proposed private European tournament at the same time as it announced a major overhaul of its Champions League, has long preferred to negotiate the surrender of the rebels rather than crack down.

But having failed to obtain a surrender from the three clubs, UEFA has opted for disciplinary measures without specifying what offences they have committed.

UEFA’s statutes prohibit any “grouping or alliance” between clubs without its authorisation.

Among the range of sanctions UEFA rules allow, the most severe for the clubs are “exclusion from current and/or future competitions”, as well as “banning from all football-related activities” for the directors.

By announcing their own private Super League on the night of April 18-19, the 12 clubs turned European football on its head and threatened the very existence of UEFA.

The gradual withdrawal of the six English participants after 48 hours led to the project being shelved.

The two Milan clubs followed and the nine agreed in early May to pay a combined 15 million euros and to forgo five per cent of their European revenue for one season.

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