Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

18.23 26 May 2021


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Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid have warned UEFA that football needs to reform, or face the consequences.

The trio are facing disciplinary proceedings from European football's governing body, as they're the only clubs of the original twelve yet to disavow themselves of the Super League.

They've been hit with the charge of "a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework" for their involvement in the breakaway project.

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In a joint-statement, Juve, Barça and Real say the proceedings are, "incomprehensible and represents a direct attack on the rules of the law that the citizens of the European Union have democratically established".

The trio say UEFA holds a "monopoly" on European football adding they, "will not accept any kind of coercion or intolerable pressure, and remain firm in their will to discuss, in a respectful way and through dialogue, the urgent solutions of which football needs right now."

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has previously described a major reform of the upper echelon of European football as "absolutely necessary".

Joint statement from Juventus, Barcelona & Real Madrid: 

BARCELONA, JUVENTUS AND REAL MADRID CONFIRM THEIR COMMITMENT TO MODERNIZE FOOTBALL THROUGH AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH UEFA

FC Barcelona, ​​Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF express their rejection of UEFA's persistent coercion against three of the most important institutions in the history of football. This disturbing behaviour constitutes a blatant violation of the decision of the courts of justice, which clearly ordered UEFA to refrain from any type of action that could penalise the founding members of the Super League while legal proceedings are ongoing.

Therefore, the opening of disciplinary proceedings by UEFA is incomprehensible and represents a direct attack on the rules of the law that the citizens of the European Union have democratically established, and constitutes a lack of respect towards the same authorities of the courts. of justice.

From the beginning, the Super League has been promoted with the aim of improving the situation of European football, through constant dialogue with UEFA and with the aim of increasing the interest in the sport, offering fans the best possible show. This objective must be achieved in a context of sustainability and solidarity, in particular in the precarious economic situation that is currently affecting many European clubs.

Instead of exploring ways to modernize football through open dialogue, UEFA is demanding an end to ongoing legal proceedings that challenge its monopoly on European football. Barcelona, ​​Juventus and Real Madrid, clubs with over a century of history, will not accept any kind of coercion or intolerable pressure, and remain firm in their will to discuss, in a respectful way and through dialogue, the urgent solutions of which football needs right now.

Either football is reformed or there is a risk of its decline


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