Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus face sanctions as UEFA reaches deal with other Super League clubs
UEFA says nine of the clubs involved in the Super League breakaway attempt have agreed to "reintegration" steps, while the three teams yet to pull out of the project will face disciplinary action.
UEFA is preparing disciplinary action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three teams that remain involved in the breakaway European Super League, but has reached an agreement with the nine other clubs.
European football's governing body said on Friday the nine clubs who backed out of the plan had signed a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’ including a series of "reintegration" steps.
The six English clubs - Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal - along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atlético Madrid, all signed the agreement, UEFA said in a statement.
"These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football," said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus to face disciplinary action, UEFA says
"The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called ‘Super League’ and UEFA will deal with those clubs subsequently," he added. The organisation said it was now starting disciplinary proceedings against Real, Barça and Juventus.
"UEFA has reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called ‘Super League’. The matter will promptly be referred to the competent UEFA disciplinary bodies."
Nine to "take all steps within their power" to end association with Super League
The nine clubs back in the UEFA fold have agreed to "take all steps within their power" to end their involvement in the Super League company. "As a gesture of goodwill, and together with the other clubs, will make a donation totalling an aggregate of 15 million euros, to be used for the benefit of children, youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK," said UEFA.
The clubs also agreed to a 5% withholding of any revenues they would receive from Champions League or Europa League involvement for one season.
The deal involved the clubs accepting they would face a 100-million-euro fine if they seek to play in an unauthorised competition or a 50-million-euro fine if they breach any other commitment they have entered into in the Club Commitment Declaration.
Super League plans fall apart within 48 hours of announcement
A breakaway Super League set up by the 12 was announced last month but fell apart after just 48 hours.
The Super League argued it would increase revenue for the top clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.
However, UEFA, other teams and fan organisations said the league would only boost the power and wealth of elite clubs, and that the partially closed structure went against European football's long-standing model.
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