UEFA drops disciplinary case against European Super League clubs

UEFA drops disciplinary case against European Super League clubs

To comply with a Madrid court order, UEFA has dropped its disciplinary case against Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus for their participation in the contentious European Super League.

"The procedures (are) null and void, as if the proceedings had never been initiated," European football's governing body said late Monday.

It's the latest episode in a saga that has rocked the football world.

The three heavyweight clubs were among a group of 12 "founders" that created a stir in April when they proposed a breakaway league for elite sides.

When fans and other teams reacted angrily to the plan, the nine others swiftly backed down, but Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have refused to budge.

UEFA also stated that it "would not require money" from the other nine clubs, which include English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur, for what it deemed a potential violation of UEFA's regulatory framework.

As a show of "goodwill," the Premier League clubs had agreed to contribute a total of £22 million. Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan were the other three clubs in the group of 12.

Experts claim the Super League concept is far from dead, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently cautioned that the Super League was "still alive."

He claimed that the Super League will provide "financial sustainability for the clubs" while also making the tournament more appealing.

On Monday, UEFA stated its resolve to continue battling for its rights.

"UEFA will continue to take all necessary steps, in strict accordance with national and EU law, in order to defend the interests of UEFA and of all football stakeholders," it said.

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