UEFA and the Premier League have been ordered to scrap all fines issued in the wake of the Super League debacle by a judge in Spain.
According to the Mail, Judge Ruiz de Lara, in his second ruling on the matter in a court in Madrid, was said to be ‘furious’ that UEFA ignored his previous ruling that the football governing body was to take no action against the clubs involved in the attempted European Super League breakaway.
In his ruling, Lara has instructed UEFA to allow the three clubs who have yet to withdraw from the European Super League (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus) to compete in the Champions League next season and to rescind “the disguised sanction consisting of a 5% reduction in revenues and the contribution to the Solidarity Fund of €15m.”
The judge also insisted UEFA and the Premier League should free the remaining nine clubs, including Arsenal, from the agreement they made in the aftermath of their announcement, including “the obligation to proceed to dissolve the European Super League and to put an end to the legal proceedings initiated by it” and “the penalty of €100m in case of breach of the commitments in the agreement and, in particular, if you intend to participate in the Super League for European football.”
In his first ruling, which the judge stated UEFA and other football federations breached, Ruiz de Lara raised the question of possible abuse of their dominant position by UEFA and FIFA.
Appeals must be made within five days if any of the instructed parties wish to do that.