UEFA confirmed this Wednesday the start of a disciplinary investigation against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for their attempts to launch a football Super League outside of UEFA itself and the Champions League, a competition managed by this body . “In accordance with article 31 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, the UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors have been appointed today to carry out a disciplinary investigation in relation to a possible violation of the UEFA legal framework by part of Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC in relation to the so-called Superliga project ”, the organization said in a brief statement.
The three clubs – two Spanish and one Italian – are the only ones of the original 12 that were to form the Super League that have not distanced themselves from the project after an avalanche of criticism from fans and the rest of the clubs in the national leagues.
The Superliga was launched with 12 clubs as founding members, but nine of them – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atlético de Madrid – have since retired and re-established. relations with UEFA.
Clubs that withdrew from the project signed a “club statement of commitment” with the governing body last week, which includes a series of “reintegration” steps. UEFA had said last week that it would initiate a disciplinary procedure – as it did this Wednesday – against Juventus, Real and Barça, the three teams that are still involved in the Super League and still defend the project.