UEFA have opened disciplinary hearings against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus over their involvement in the European Super League plans.
The trio were all part of the 12 ‘founding members’ of the controversial ‘breakaway’ league that caused outrage among fans in England.
However, barely 48 hours after the plans were made public knowledge, all English sides pulled out due to the fan reaction – which was pretty unanimous, with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan also renouncing the project.
But Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have not – and UEFA have now released a statement about what will happen next in terms of their punishment.
The statement from the European football governing body read: “Following an investigation conducted by Uefa ethics and disciplinary inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for a potential violation of Uefa’s legal framework.
“Further information will be made available in due course.”
The aforementioned six English clubs, along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have also been punished accordingly by European football’s governing body for their part in the plans.
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All nine teams have agreed to make a combined €15million (£13.4m) goodwill contribution to help children’s and grassroots football across the continent.
As well as this, they will have 5% of Uefa competition revenues withheld for one season, starting in 2023-24, and this money will be redistributed, including in the United Kingdom.
Each club also committed to UEFA and its competitions, with clubs facing fines of €100million each if they seek to join an unauthorised competition in the future.