Super League: Uefa has the ball after Spain judge orders end to legal action

Madrid, Jul 2 (EFE).- A Spanish judge has put the Super League controversy back in Uefa’s court after ordering Europe’s football governing body to drop all legal action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the only clubs still committed to the breakaway project.

Uefa in June said legal proceedings against the three powerhouses would be stayed until further notice. The European Super League project looks to have flopped following the withdrawal of nine other founding members.

The Madrid commercial court on Thursday ordered the governing body to scrap all legal threats against the three clubs hanging on to the project, which include a 100 million euro sanction, their omission from Uefa competitions such as the Champions League and the dissolution of Super League project entirely.

English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, Italy’s Inter Milan and AC Milan and Spain’s Atletico Madrid have all withdrawn from the project and, as a penalty, agreed to make goodwill payments to Uefa’s solidarity fund.

Announced in April, the Super League plan sent shockwaves through European football, sparking immediate threats of legal action from Uefa and causing uproar among fans, particularly in England.

Faced with such a backlash from supporters, English clubs like Chelsea began to pull out of the project, causing a domino effect that left only Real Madrid, whose chairman Florentino Perez is widely credited with breathing life into the breakaway, Barcelona and Juventus still standing.EFE


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