European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona & Juventus defend plans in face of Uefa 'threat'

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the only clubs of the original 12 to sign up for the ESL so as not to forego the breakaway league

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have defended their plans for a European Super League in the face of so-called Uefa “threats”.

They are the only clubs in the top 12 that have not yet withdrawn from the proposed ESL and are subject to disciplinary action by the European governing body.

The nine other clubs involved, including six Premier League teams, were punished financially.

“The founding clubs have suffered,” said Real, Barca and Juve in a statement.

The three clubs claim to be “exposed to unacceptable pressure from third parties” [and] Threats … to abandon the project “which in their opinion is an effort to induce them to” renounce their right and duty to provide solutions for the football ecosystem through concrete proposals and constructive dialogue “.

“This is unbearable under the rule of law,” continued the joint statement.

The ESL was announced on April 18th, but within 48 hours the plans had fallen apart and the English clubs pulled out after fan protests and pressure from the UK government.

While the angry backlash prevented plans from being implemented, those behind the ESL have claimed it had a solid legal base. As a result, they were quick to close injunctions To prevent players and clubs from being banned after the proposal has been published.

On Friday, the nine who have withdrawn – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – said they would “take every step” to serve her End engagement in the breakaway league.

Barca, Juve and Real have declared that they are “ready to rethink the proposed approach” but reiterated their stance that the structure of elite football in Europe, its appeal to younger generations and the financial pressures faced by the clubs need to be addressed.

“Given the needs and systemic crisis in the football sector that led us to announce the Super League, we would be highly irresponsible if we abandoned this mission in order to provide effective and sustainable answers to the existential questions that threaten the football industry.” ” They said.

“The main problems that caused the 12 founding clubs to announce the Super League weeks ago have not gone away.

“To honor our history, to honor our commitments to our stakeholders and fans, for the good of football and the financial sustainability of the sector, we are committed to acting responsibly and seeking appropriate solutions – despite the unacceptable and persistent pressures and threats the Uefa. “

The clubs said they “regret seeing” the other nine clubs “which have now been in such an inconsistent and contradicting position in signing a number of commitments to UEFA”.

The nine clubs that have withdrawn have agreed to make a combined goodwill contribution of € 15 million (£ 13.4 million) to benefit children’s and grassroots football across Europe.

They will also withhold 5% of Uefa competition revenue for a season starting in 2023-24 and that money will be redistributed, including in the UK.

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