Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still included in the proposed European Super League, the “pressure” announced on Saturday by UEFA to leave the project constrained them. The three clubs will face sanctions, UEFA said on Friday, and European football’s governing body has begun disciplinary proceedings against them.
A separatist Super League was founded last month by 12 clubs, but it split after 48 hours.
The other nine first league teams, including six English, dropped the scheme and signed the “Club Statement of Commitment”, which included a series of recombination stages.
“The founding clubs have suffered losses, and unacceptable pressure, intimidation, and crime from third parties continue to leave the project,” Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus said in a joint statement. “It is intolerable under the rule of law, and the courts have already ruled in favor of the Super League proposal. FIFA and UEFA, either directly or through their affiliated bodies, should refrain from any action which would in any way lead to this May interrupt the initiative while legal proceedings are underway.”
The Super League has claimed that it will increase revenue for Europe’s top clubs and allow them to distribute more money for the rest of the game. UEFA, other teams, and fan organizations have however stated that the league will increase the power and wealth of elite clubs.
Juve, Real, and Barca said they were ready to reconsider the proposed approach to the separatist project after the separation, but added that it would be “extremely irresponsible” for them to leave the project.
The clubs said, “We are fully aware of the diversity of reactions to the Super League initiative and consequently some of those reasons need to be considered. We are ready to rethink the proposed approach.”
“However, we would be extremely irresponsible if, realizing the needs and systemic crisis in the football field… we left the mission providing effective and sustainable answers to existential questions that pose a threat to the football industry. “
Nine clubs leaving the Super League have agreed to “do everything in their power” to end their participation in the league.