UEFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Super League rebels Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, which could lead to bans on the Champions League.
Proceedings are now under way for a “potential breach of UEFA’s legal framework,” UEFA said on Tuesday.
The statutes of the European football body include a section on “prohibited groups” of clubs or leagues that are formed without the permission of UEFA or outside its control.
The three clubs currently being pursued by UEFA are the remaining detainees among the 12 founders of the failed Super League project, who refused to give it up.
UEFA President Alexander Cheferin warned clubs last month that “if they say we are a Super League, then they are not playing in the Champions League, of course.”
UEFA did not give a schedule for the expected disciplinary cases against the three, all of whom qualified for the Champions League next season.
Any bans on clubs – and the rise of other Spanish and Italian teams to replace them – are likely to lead to an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and pressure to settle cases before European competitions next season. The draw in the group stage of the Champions League is on August 26, and the matches start on September 14.
The nine clubs that have settled with UEFA are: Milan, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, plus the Champions League finalists Chelsea and Manchester City.
These clubs have agreed to the terms of UEFA to lose 5% of their cash prizes from European competitions in the 2022-23 season and to pay a total of 15 million euros (18.4 million dollars) as a “gesture of goodwill” in favor of children, youth and grassroots football.
For a sports club, a successful season in the Champions League currently earns about 100 million euros (122.5 million dollars) in UEFA cash prizes.
The agreement also shows that the nine clubs agree to be fined € 100 million ($ 122.5 million) if they again seek to play in an unauthorized competition, or € 50 million ($ 61.2 million). if they violate any other commitments to UEFA as part of the agreement.
The Super League project was released to the public late on the night of April 18, after which it erupted within 48 hours amid a fierce reaction from fans and threats from legislation by the British government.
The three detentions have started lawsuits in a Madrid court against UEFA and the world football body FIFA. A judge has asked the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to examine whether restrictions on rebel clubs violate European Union law.