Tuesday, October 26, 2021

UEFA issue European Super League statement that impacts Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham

UEFA has revealed that it has dropped all disciplinary charges against the three remaining European Super League teams and also outlined its plans for the London clubs involved – as well as the other founding members.

The three remaining teams – Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus – continue to refuse to withdraw from the European Super League.

On Monday evening, UEFA announced that its independent case against the trio has been “declared null and void, without any prejudice, as if the proceedings had never been opened.”

This coming after a court in Madrid ruled that UEFA should not punish the three remaining clubs.

UEFA has also stated that it will not yet collect the ‘goodwill payments’ which had been agreed by the nine other Super League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs along with Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan – who had agreed to scrap their plans of joining the league.

The English clubs have agreed to pay a combined £22m – around £3.7 million per club.

Their initial punishment was said to be a combined fine of €15m and to have 5% of their revenues from UEFA competitions withheld for one season.

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However, the European football governing body has said it has informed the clubs that it will not ask for these fines to be paid “to avoid any unnecessary complication”, while a legal case involving UEFA and the Super League’s three current members remains ongoing.

UEFA’s statement is the result of the governing body seeking to comply with Spanish law, after a court order was issued by a Madrid Commercial Court, following the three clubs being allowed to re-enter UEFA competitions.

Despite the news, UEFA says it will continue to fight against any similar league forming in the future: “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.”
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