UEFA to announce sanctions against European Super League teams this week

UEFA could potentially announce sanctions against the 3 remaining teams in the European Super League. The decision is expected to be announced before the Euros commence or as early as this week.

The European Super League is a proposed breakaway competition from the UEFA Champions League that initially had the support of 12 founding clubs. However, three days after the unveiling of plans to commence the league were announced; the league suspended its operations due to massive protests in England by fans of English clubs who opposed the league and the subsequent exit of 9 founding members. A major criticism of the league by the fans and media was that it promoted elitism and a lack of competitiveness.

Only 3 clubs out of the original 12 founding members remain – Juventus, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. On 31 May 2021, the Super League Company filed a complaint to the Court of Justice of the European Union against Swiss-based FIFA and UEFA for their proposals finalized to stop the organization of the competition.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said, “For me what is strange is that you publish you are still part of the Super League and then you send a letter applying to play in the Champions League. So you are in Super League but play Champions League. It’s quite hard to understand what they mean”, referring to the statement by the remaining Super League clubs that they still wished to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Ceferin has reiterated that Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona would all face disciplinary action if they persisted with the idea of the Super League. Reports suggest that UEFA’s final decision that could potentially involve sanctions against the 3 clubs could be announced this week.

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