As today’s news marks the start of Euro 2020, the repercussions of the continent’s biggest club scene are not over.
Nearly two months after 12 elite clubs launched – then quickly abandoned – a breakaway Super League that would have swept away the centuries-old structures that underpin the sport, those foundations remain unclear.
European football’s governing body said this week it had suspended a disciplinary investigation against the three most hard-line rebel clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. UEFA’s decision came after it finally received an injunction issued by a court in Madrid the day after the Super League launched on April 18.
The injunction – which was also sent to FIFA’s world governing body – prohibits any disciplinary action to be taken against Super League clubs. UEFA had threatened to ban the three refractories from the Champions League next season unless they give up on the failed plan, but failure to comply with the court order could have resulted in civil or criminal proceedings against UEFA and its senior officials.
UEFA said it would now try to overturn action taken by the Madrid court before resuming disciplinary action. “I just want to say that justice is sometimes slow, but it always happens,” UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin told Italian broadcaster Rai ahead of the Euro 2020 opener in Rome on Friday.
Meanwhile, the six English clubs who joined the Super League on Thursday have reached a deal with the Premier League for their role. The teams – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham – have agreed to collectively pay £ 22million ($ 31.1million) to fix the issue.
The league also announced that any team involved in a future breakaway attempt could face a fine of $ 35 million and a 30 league point deduction.