UEFA has began proceedings against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus for their role and involvement in the plans for a breakaway European Super League.
Out of the original 12 clubs who were initially involved in the ESL, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the only clubs who have refused to formally withdraw from the breakaway plans of the European Super League.
The other nine clubs who pulled out of the European Super League, are Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. And these nine clubs signed a Club Commitment Declaration with UEFA earlier this month.
In a statement, the European governing body said: “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.”
Recall that UEFA had previously opened a disciplinary investigation with regard to a potential violation of the governing body’s legal framework by the three clubs concerned.
The nine other clubs, then had to commit to the existing national and international competitions, amid the threat of heavy fines and expulsion were they to renew their interest in the breakaway project.
But Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus Refused to follow their lead, but instead issued a joint statement standing by the prospective competition and its legal standing.
With UEFA’s move to begin disciplinary proceedings, the three clubs now face the prospect of being sanctioned, with some reports suggesting that they face expulsion from UEFA competitions such as the Champions League for a period of two years.