UEFA drops lawsuits against failed European Super League Organizers
UEFA has stated that Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid will not face any additional penalty for their roles in the now-defunct European Super League, while also announcing that the six premier league teams engaged in the plan would not have to pay penalties.
The only initial members of the breakaway competition, Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid, have so far refused to relinquish the concept.
UEFA launched legal action against the teams and planned to exclude them from this year’s Champions League, but legal procedures were postponed in May when a Madrid judge accused the governing body of moving “outside the rule of law.”
The lawsuit against the three clubs has now been dismissed by the UEFA Appeals Body.
The European Super League was a contentious plan to create a new tournament to challenge the Champions League for European football dominance. It was made public in April.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan have all confirmed their intention to join the Super League as founder members.
However, the proposal was immediately derailed by fan protests, as UEFA and national football organisations around Europe voiced their opposition to the notion.
Within days following the first announcement, the Premier League teams, Atletico Madrid, Milan, and Inter Milan all declared their withdrawal from the proposal. The teams who withdrew out agreed to pay UEFA a total of £22 million ($31 million), but the sanctions have now been annulled by the governing body.