UEFA has reportedly opened a disciplinary investigation into the three clubs that remain involved in the Super League on Wednesday, according to The Athletic.
Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona are the three clubs that have not pulled out of the planned breakaway league. The Athletic has provided a full statement from UEFA’s investigation regarding the potential violation.
“In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors have today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework by Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project. Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course.”
The nine clubs that left the Super League have avoided potential punishment after reaching an agreement with UEFA last week. This agreement states that if any of the clubs re-join a similar Super League format in the future they will face a €100 million fine. The clubs also agreed to take a 5 percent revenue loss across UEFA competitions for one season.
Real Madrid could face sanctions or further punishment dependent on what the UEFA board reviewing the investigation determine. The remaining trio issued a statement in response to potential UEFA sanctions last weekend.
“The founding clubs have suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures, threats, and offenses to abandon the project and therefore desist from their right and duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem via concrete proposals and constructive dialogue.
This is intolerable under the rule of law and Tribunals have already ruled in favor of the Super League proposal, ordering FIFA and UEFA to, either directly or through their affiliated bodies, refrain from taking any action which may hinder this initiative in any way while court proceedings are pending.”
We will have to continue following this saga as it plays out in the hands of the UEFA investigation board. This could potentially have huge implications for Real Madrid’s involvement in future UEFA competitions and the looming threat of sanctions.