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UEFA eyes action against Real Madrid, Barça, Juventus over Super League

Madrid, May 25 (EFE).- European soccer’s governing body announced Tuesday the start of disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their unwillingness to renounce an abortive bid to create a continental Super League.

“Following an investigation conducted by UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework,” UEFA said.

On April 18, a dozen of Europe’s biggest clubs presented their plan for a European Super League that would have 15 permanent members and five rotating slots to be filled through qualifiers.

Several other top European sides, including Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, rejected invitations to join, and within 48 hours, all six prospective members from the Premier League withdrew in the face of an angry backlash from English pundits, fans and politicians.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur abandoned the initiative within a span of a few hours on April 20. Three other participants, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan, quickly followed suit.

The nine teams that walked away from the Super League reached a “reintegration” agreement with UEFA, but Real Madrid, Barça and Juventus have refused to renounce the idea.

“We are fully aware of the diversity of reactions to the Super League initiative and, consequently, of the need to reflect on the reasons for some of them. We are ready to reconsider the proposed approach, as necessary,” they said earlier this month in a joint statement.

“However, we would be highly irresponsible if, being aware of the needs and systemic crisis in the football sector, which led us to announce the Super League, we abandoned such mission to provide effective and sustainable answers to the existential questions that threaten the football industry,” the three clubs said.

The notion of a super league has been put forward with increasing frequency in the last few years, prompting FIFA to warn in January that any club or player who joined such a project would be barred from international competitions, including the World Cup. EFE

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