The war between UEFA and the Super League, or what remains of it, continues to add chapters and the body chaired by Aleksander Ceferin has suffered a new setback. Justice has not accepted UEFA’s appeal and obliges the highest body of European football to revoke all actions and measures against the three founding clubs.
Real Madrid, Juventus and FC Barcelona, the only clubs that are still part of the project, issued a joint statement that they published on their official channels, celebrating this new court decision that prohibits UEFA from taking action against them.
“Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid CF express their satisfaction with the judicial decision adopted today, ordering UEFA to revoke, with immediate effect, all its actions against the founding clubs of the European Super League, including the definitive filing of the file disciplinary proceedings open to the aforementioned three clubs and to nullify the fines and other restrictions that were imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs, as a condition for them not to be subject to disciplinary proceedings by UEFA.
In this way, the courts once again support the position of the promoters of the European Super League and dismiss the appeal raised by UEFA, confirming its warning that failure to comply with this resolution could lead to financial sanctions and criminal liability. The case will be analyzed by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, which will review the monopoly position that UEFA holds over European football.
We have a duty to address the challenges football faces. UEFA has claimed the exclusive role of regulator, operator and sole owner and manager of European football competitions. This monopoly position, in conflict of interest, seriously damages football and its competitive balance. As has been shown on multiple occasions, financial controls are inadequate and have not been applied objectively. Clubs participating in European competitions have the right to govern their own competitions.
We are pleased to know that from now on we will not be subjected to constant threats from UEFA. We remain committed to the objective of developing the European Super League project in a constructive and supportive way, taking into account fans, players, coaches, clubs, leagues and national and international associations and federations. We are aware that there are elements of our proposal that must be reviewed and, of course, improved through dialogue and consensus. We continue to trust the success of a project that will always be respectful of European Union regulations, “the statement concludes.
In this way, Ceferin will not be able to financially fine Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, nor will they be able to exclude them from competitions organized by UEFA as they had threatened.