Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

21.15 25 May 2021


Share this article


UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the three clubs yet to disavow themselves of The Super League project. 

Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid are the only three of the original twelve clubs clinging to the proposal of a breakaway European competition.

The others - including the Premier League's so-called 'big 6' - have all recently reaffirmed their commitment to the existing UEFA competitions.

Advertisement

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned the remaining holdouts last month that they could face bans from the Champions League.

"It’s crystal clear that the clubs will have to decide if they are Super League or they are a European club," he told AP.

"If they say we are a Super League, then they don’t play Champions League, of course ... and if they are ready to do that, they can play in their own competition.”

While conceding the recent iteration of the Super League is unlikely to proceed, Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisted that something similar is "absolutely necessary".

Incidentally, Barça recently secured a €500million loan from Goldman Sachs to help service the club's debt. Their gross debt stands at €1.173billion, with €730million of that due to be serviced in the short term.

Real's financial picture is no rosier, with their gross debts standing at €901million.

A Champions League ban would hurt all three clubs financially, and it appears that prospect is a live one.

"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 & Juventus for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework," a statement read on Tuesday evening.

THE NEWSROUND | Pronouncing Oosthuizen, THAT Brooks/Bryson video & what’s happening in Clare GAA?


Share this article


Read more about

Aleksander Ceferin Andrea Agnelli Barcelona Europa League Florentino Perez Joan Laporta Juventus Real Madrid Super League

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Off The Ball

Off The Ball

13:00-18:00

Share

Up next

TECH TALK WITH JESS KELLY

TECH TALK WITH JESS KELLY

18:00-19:00

Share

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK G...

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK GEOGHEGAN

19:00-20:00

Share

SCREENTIME WITH JOHN FARDY

SCREENTIME WITH JOHN FARDY

20:00-21:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCR...

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCREA

21:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-07:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

07:00-08:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

08:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-11:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

11:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-18:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on