BREAKING NEWS: European Super League’s Dirty Dozen are LET-OFF by UEFA with no teams being thrown out of the Champions League or Europa League over the breakaway fiasco… even though Real Madrid STILL haven’t pulled out!
- UEFA has decided not to impose any sporting sanctions on the 12 rebel clubs
- UEFA’s executive committee met on Friday to discuss possible sanctions
- The Super League collapsed after a furious backlash from the world of football
- Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli were seen as the ringleaders of the scheme
- But Real Madrid, Juventus and the other 10 will not be hit by sporting sanctions
- UEFA also announced major changes to the host cities for this summer’s Euros
The 12 clubs who signed up to the doomed European Super League have been let-off by UEFA and will face no sporting punishment.
A UEFA executive committee meeting was held on Friday and possible sanctions for the ‘Dirty Dozen’ who were willing to break away and form their own continental competition were discussed.
But UEFA chiefs have decided not to kick any of those involved out of this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions or impose a ban from next year’s tournaments.
The European Super League’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ will face no sporting punishment from UEFA
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin chaired a UEFA executive committee meeting on Friday
There was a furious backlash from fans, players, manager, politicians and even royalty this week after plans of 12 elite European clubs to form their own competition were announced on Sunday night.
But the scheme was in tatters by Tuesday night and its founder, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, announced it could not go ahead after the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs had all withdrawn by Wednesday morning.
On Friday morning, American investment bank JP Morgan seemed to put the final nail in the coffin after they pulled their £3.5billion backing of the Super League.
It had been claimed that Real Madrid and Juventus would be punished strongest by UEFA after Florentino Perez and Agnelli were perceived to be the ring leaders of the scheme.
Real Madrid still haven’t pulled out of the Super League with club president Perez insisting the project is not finished and could be presented again in a different format.
The ECA tweeted that they ‘want to move past the event of this week’ after Friday’s meeting
A statement from UEFA on Friday read: ‘In addition, the UEFA Executive Committee was updated on the latest developments regarding the so-called “Super League” including the options available to UEFA and the steps it is considering taking.’
The European Club Association tweeted: ‘We want to move past the events of this week and encourage and inspire the global football community, as matches return this weekend. Clubs can only succeed both on & off the pitch if we work hand in hand.’
UEFA’s lawyers were expected to offer options over response measures at Friday’s meeting and bans and suspensions could have been justified under the organisation’s rule prohibiting unauthorised ‘combinations’ or ‘alliances’ of clubs.
On Thursday night, reports in Spain claimed UEFA chiefs wanted to kick Real Madrid out of this season’s competition and impose a one-year ban on them and Juventus for next term.
UEFA had the power to impose this ban but there was also a reported split among the board’s chiefs about what to do and the severity of the sanctions.
Some executives sought dialogue with Real and Juve and were open to forgiving them for their grave misdemeanours because they – and the other 10 clubs – are still vital to the success of the Champions League.
The owners of Manchester United and Liverpool were also involved in the Super League
Fan backlash across football led to the Super League’s collapse within 48 hours of its announcement
Others wanted to take the strongest possible action and punish them for threatening to derail UEFA’s flagship club competition but it seems no sporting punishment will now be imposed.
Ahead of Friday’s meeting, Ceferin warned rebel clubs would face ‘consequences’ for their aborted breakaway and there may be more pain to come for the owners of the top clubs.
‘The doors of UEFA are open, and at the same time everyone will have to suffer the consequences for their actions,’ Ceferin told Slovenian television station POP TV.
‘I expect a lot more to happen by Friday. Believe me, anyone who says he is completely calm in this situation is not telling the truth.
‘I received SMS (text) support from practically all clubs in Europe. So now we expect everyone to realise their mistake and suffer the appropriate consequences.’
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