Juventus, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have not yet given up on the idea of creating the Super League.
We think the project of the European Super League stillborn, it is not. The three clubs which are behind this initiative and who refused to withdraw despite persistent threats from UEFA are still determined to follow through on their ideas. Whatever it costs them.
Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus were reinforced this Friday in their approach by the decision of a Madrid commercial court. The latter ruled in their favor and even asked European justice to determine whether UEFA and FIFA are not abusing their dominant position.
It did not take more for the slinging clubs to bulge their chests and publish a press release in which they announced loud and clear that they plan to put back on the table the plan likely to “save European football” from bankruptcy and that this times no one will be able to thwart their designs. And this time, they promise to consult the opinions of the various players in the game.
The press release:
“FC Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s court decision implementing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to unravel the measures taken against all the founding clubs of the European Super League, including the closure of disciplinary proceedings against the three undersigned clubs and the removal of sanctions and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs to avoid disciplinary action by 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 decision will result in fines and potential criminal liability. The case will be heard by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which will examine UEFA’s monopoly position on European football.
We have a duty to respond to the very serious problems facing football: UEFA has established itself as the sole regulator, the exclusive operator and the sole owner of the rights to European football competitions. This monopoly position, in conflict of interest, harms football and its competitive balance. As ample evidence shows, financial controls are inadequate and have been poorly applied. Clubs participating in European competitions have the right to manage their own competitions.
We are delighted that in the future we will no longer be subject to permanent threats from UEFA. Our goal is to continue to develop the Super League project in a constructive and cooperative manner, always counting on all football stakeholders: supporters, players, coaches, clubs, leagues and national and international associations. We are aware that some elements of our proposal need to be reviewed and, of course, can be improved through dialogue and consensus. We remain confident in the success of a project which will always comply with the laws of the European Union ”.
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