Although today’s news is the start of Euro 2020, the effects of the biggest crisis on the continent’s club scene are not over yet.
Nearly two months after twelve elite clubs launched a breakaway Super League – and then quickly left – sweeping away the centuries-old structures that support the sport, the foundations remain uncertain.
The governing body of European football said this week that this is the case. a disciplinary inquiry suspended against the three most intransigent rebel clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. UEFA’s decision comes after it finally received an order issued by a court in Madrid the day after the launch of the Super League on April 18.
The order – which was also sent to the global governing body FIFA – prohibits any disciplinary action against the Super League clubs. UEFA has threatened to ban the three Champions League tournaments from next season unless they abandon the failed plan, but failure to comply with the court order could lead to civil or criminal action against UEFA and its senior officials.
UEFA has said it will now try to reverse the measures issued by the Madrid court before resuming disciplinary action. “I just want to say that justice is slow at times, but it always comes,” UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin told Italian broadcaster Rai ahead of the start of Euro 2020 in Rome on Friday.
Meanwhile, the six English clubs that joined the Super League on Thursday have reached an agreement with the Premier League for their role. The teams – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham – have agreed to pay a combined £ 22m ($ 31.1m) to resolve the matter.
The league also announced that any team involved in a future breakaway attempt will receive a $ 35 million fine and a 30-point deduction in the league standings.