FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus are the only clubs yet to formally renounce The Super League, and UEFA is not taking it lightly. Nine of the 12 founding members have backed away from the breakaway league,
According to the Associated Press, the three “rebel clubs” have refused to accept “reintegration measures” proposed by UEFA and will face a disciplinary process.
That disciplinary process could encompass a ban from UEFA’s premier competition, the Champions League.
The Super League imploded after the English clubs backed off within days of announcing it. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur all bowed to pressure from the UK government and fans worldwide.
The Premier League clubs, alongside Atlético Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, have agreed to make a combined payment of 15 million euro to youth and grassroots football. They have also agreed to allow UEFA to withhold 5% of revenues and to a penalty of up to 100 million should they try to join an unsanctioned competition as well.
“The measures announced are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be retained by UEFA,” said Aleksander Čeferin, the UEFA president. “They will all be reinvested into youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK. These clubs recognized their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football.”
The same cannot be said for the remaining “rebel clubs,” who will have to find another settlement for the conflict.
FC Barcelona remained nominally committed to The Super League project but had carved out an exception that would allow them to leave should a majority of shareholders reject the proposal.