UEFA sanctions nine out of twelve clubs for the ‘European Super League’

On Friday UEFA announced sanctions including financial punishments, against nine of the 12 clubs behind the cut short Super League project, after the clubs “apologized” and acknowledged “a mistake”. The nine clubs that opted out of the project are Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and, AC Milan. The governing body of European football said that “in a spirit of reconciliation” the nine clubs agreed to the “Club Commitment Declaration.” They have also accepted a five percent cut in their European revenue for a season. Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus haven’t yet signed the declaration.

These nine clubs recognize and acknowledge that the Super League project was a misstep and apologized to the fans, national associations, national leagues, every other European club, and UEFA. They have likewise perceived that the venture would not have been approved under UEFA Statutes and Regulations.

In particular, each club has to follow the below-mentioned regulations:

  • unreservedly acknowledges and accepts the binding nature of the UEFA Statutes
  • remains committed to and will participate in any UEFA Club Competitions each season for which that club qualifies on sporting merit
  • will rejoin the European Club Association, which is the only representative body for clubs that UEFA recognizes
  • will take all steps within their power with a view to terminate their involvement in the company established to form and operate the Super League and cease any existing related legal actions
  • as a gesture of goodwill, and together with the other clubs, will make a donation totaling an aggregate of €15 million, to be used for the benefit of children, youth, and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK
  • will be subject to the withholding of 5% of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed
  • agree to have substantial fines imposed if they seek to play in such an unauthorized competition (€100 million) or if they breach any other commitment they have entered into in the Club Commitment Declaration (€50 million)
  • will provide individual commitments to UEFA in which all the principles and values set out in the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding between UEFA and the European Club Association are accepted

UEFA said that it “reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called ‘Super League.’ The matter will promptly be referred to the competent UEFA disciplinary bodies.”
The UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin also added that “It takes a strong organization to admit making a mistake especially in these days of trial by social media. These clubs have done just that. In accepting their commitments and willingness to repair the disruption they caused, UEFA wants to put this chapter behind it and move forward in a positive spirit.”

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