Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona slam ‘unacceptable pressures, threats and offences’ to abandon Super League project in joint statement, as they turn on the nine withdrawn teams for agreeing a UEFA peace deal
Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona have released a joint statement slamming ‘unacceptable pressures, threats and offences’ to scrap the Super League project, turning on the nine clubs that have signed a deal with UEFA.
Europe’s biggest clubs are at war amid the fallout of the disastrous £3.5bn plot that threatened the football landscape.
On Friday, nine of the 12 participating clubs agreed a peace deal with UEFA and accepted fines worth millions of pounds for their roles in the scheme, while Aleksander Ceferin threatened heavy punishments for the three clubs still committed to the breakaway league.
And now Spanish duo Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Italian giants Juve, have joined forces to release a statement in which they have hit out at pressure applied to them to back down from their stance.
‘The founding clubs have suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures, threats, and offences to abandon the project and therefore desist from their right and duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem via concrete proposals and constructive dialogue,’ the statement read.
‘This is intolerable under the rule of law and Tribunals have already ruled in favour of the Super League proposal, ordering FIFA and UEFA to, either directly or through their affiliated bodies, refrain from taking any action which may hinder this initiative in any way while court proceedings are pending.’
The statement goes onto explain that the much-maligned Super League was designed to ‘provide solutions to the current unsustainable situation in the football industry’ and that ‘structural reforms are indispensable to ensure our sport stays appealing and survives in the long-term’.
More to follow.