UEFA confirmed today that they will be taking action against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus over their involvement in the proposed European Super League.
The clubs were a part of the 12 founding clubs of the breakaway Super League, which later collapsed after nine of the founders chose to abandon the project after backlash from fans all across Europe.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus chose to remain loyal to the Super League, and will now face disciplinary action from European football’s governing body.
UEFA’s statement reads: “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.”
“Further information will be made available in due course.”
The nine other original founding clubs of the Super League – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid – have already been punished.
All nine clubs will be making a combined 15 million euro donation to children and grassroots football across Europe. All clubs have also signed a treaty which has 100 million euro fines on offer should anyone choose to join a similar competition in the future.
In addition, 5% of their UEFA revenue for the 2023/24 season will be withheld as a penalty for attempting to form a breakaway league.
What penalty the only three clubs will receive is only speculation. The biggest penalty in the UEFA rulebook is a 2 season ban from all UEFA competitions.