Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona haven’t given up on the ESL
Uefa has ended its legal battle against Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid over their involvement in the planned European Super League.
The clubs were among the 12 “founding” members of the Breakaway League, which later collapsed.
The trio, which refused to abandon the project, was investigated for “a possible violation” of UEFA’s legal framework.
Uefa says it is now “as if the proceedings had never been opened”.
“The Uefa Appellate Body today declared the procedure null and void,” it said in a statement.
The move comes after a court in Madrid ruled that Uefa should not punish the three remaining clubs.
The governing body of European football has also announced that it will not collect yet the goodwill payments matched the other nine Super League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan. The English clubs had come to an agreement combined payment of £ 22 million in June.
Why did the litigation end?
Barca, Real and Juventus have the support of a court in Madrid that ruled in April that Uefa cannot take action against the Super League as it is in violation of European free trade law.
That was now referred to the European Court of Justice for a decision on whether Uefa has this right.
However, while this case continues, Uefa has responded to a request by a Madrid judge last week to suspend disciplinary proceedings against the three remaining clubs by deciding to end their legal proceedings.
Uefa says it will not demand any goodwill payments from the clubs “as long as the court case in Madrid, in which Uefa is involved, among others, is pending.”
“Uefa remains of the opinion that in connection with the so-called Super League project, it has always acted in accordance with its statutes and regulations, but also with EU law, the European Convention on Human Rights and Swiss law and will maintain its position in all relevant jurisdictions continue to defend, “it said in a statement.
“Uefa will continue to take all necessary steps in strict accordance with national and EU law to defend the interests of Uefa and all football players.”