The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) suspended on Wednesday the disciplinary proceedings against Spain’s Barcelona and Real Madrid clubs as well as Italy’s Juventus concerning their participation in the recently established Super League.
“UEFA takes note of the decision taken today by the independent UEFA Appeals Body to temporarily suspend the disciplinary proceedings that had been opened against FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project,” a statement read.
In May, the European Court of Justice registered claims filed by the Super League on the violation of EU competition rules by the UEFA and FIFA. According to the Swiss justice ministry, the football associations cannot impose any sanctions on the football clubs before the court’s decision.
According to the UEFA statement, the organization “understands why the disciplinary proceedings needed to be suspended for the time being, but remains confident in and will continue to defend its position in all the relevant jurisdictions.”
In April, 12 European clubs, including AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspur, announced the establishment of a new European club tournament – the Super League.
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The initiative was heavily criticized by FIFA, the UEFA, national European football associations, and clubs’ fans and supporters for limiting the opportunities of smaller and less wealthy clubs to enter the Super League. Only three clubs – Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus – are still members of the project, while other clubs decided to leave it.