Super League trio Real, Barca and Juve welcome court decision asking UEFA to revoke action

Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the last ones standing of the 12 clubs that signed up to the breakaway project in April, only for it to unravel when all six English sides plus Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid withdrew.

"The case will be assessed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which shall review UEFA's monopolistic position over European football. We are pleased that going forward we will no longer be subject to ongoing UEFA threats," said the three clubs in the joint statement.   -  REUTERS

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus released a joint statement on Friday asking European football governing body UEFA to revoke action against all European Super League founding clubs.

The actions include "terminating the disciplinary proceedings against the undersigning three clubs and removing the penalties and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs for them to avoid UEFA's disciplinary action."

Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the last ones standing of the 12 clubs that signed up to the breakaway project in April, only for it to unravel when all six English sides plus Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid withdrew.

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The 17th Mercantile Court of Madrid ordered that all financial and sporting penalties against the founding members of the Super League were dropped, including the potential 100 million euro ($118.60 million) non-compliance penalty for the nine clubs who backed out of the project should they rejoin it, as they agreed with UEFA.

"The Court backs the request made by the promoters of the European Super League, dismisses UEFA's appeal, and confirms its warning to UEFA that failure to comply with its ruling shall result in fines and potential criminal liability," the three founding clubs said in a joint statement.

"The case will be assessed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which shall review UEFA's monopolistic position over European football. We are pleased that going forward we will no longer be subject to ongoing UEFA threats."

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UEFA declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

This includes the GBP 22 million (USD 30.58 million) 'good-will payment' and threat of a future 30-point deduction to the Premier League's 'Big Six', issued on June 9.

The Italian FA had said it would ban Italian sides who participate in any future Super League from competing in the country's top division, Serie A.

The judgement also said the Premier League and Italian FA must abstain from putting in place any measures that might, directly or indirectly, hinder the founding of a European Super League.

Unlike in the Champions League, where teams have to qualify through the domestic league, the founding Super League teams guaranteed themselves a place in the new competition every year.

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The Super League argued it would boost revenue for top clubs and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.

However, the sport's governing bodies, other teams and fan organisations countered that it would increase the power and wealth of the elite clubs and the partially-closed structure of the league went against European football's long-standing model.

Seeking to dissuade future breakaways, UEFA had sought to impose stiff penalties on the rebel clubs but suspended disciplinary proceedings in June.

However, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have continued to defend the plan, releasing joint statements in May complaining of unacceptable third-party pressures and threats to abandon the project.

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