UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin assured AFP on Friday that there was no question of dropping the disciplinary proceedings, suspended this week, targeting Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus, the three last mutineers who still refuse to deny the ephemeral “Super League” project.
Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus, still involved in the Super League, are not out of the woods. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin assured Friday that the disciplinary proceedings against these three clubs will be relaunched, even if it was suspended during the week. “The process will resume, for sure,” said the Slovenian leader in an interview with AFP.
“The important thing for me is that these three clubs have lost the moral and sporting battle. Now it is a legal battle, I consider that we must let the lawyers finish it. The team’s opinion legal was first to deal with ongoing cases in court and then resume disciplinary proceedings. Justice is sometimes a little late, but it always happens, in life. And it will happen in this case, “a he added.
Waiting for European justice
UEFA announced on June 9 to suspend “until further notice” the disciplinary proceedings initiated on May 25, in which the three clubs risk sanctions for not having given up on the Super League project, created to compete with the Champions League . However, this project quickly lost all content with the defection of the nine other associated clubs.
On June 7, UEFA was notified of an injunction pronounced at the end of April by a court in Madrid, which banned the organization and FIFA from cracking down on this potential project until the conflict had occurred. been sliced on the bottom. In the meantime, the Madrid magistrate had seized European justice to find out whether UEFA respects competition law, foreshadowing a decision fraught with stakes for the governance of sport in Europe, and which could prove to be as resounding than the Bosman judgment.
Ceferin evasive on possible negotiations
However, the UEFA president does not think that the legal debates will drag on for years: “I do not think, we will see. It is difficult for me to pass judgment but my feeling is that it will be resolved very soon. “
As for a possible agreement with the last three mutineers, as the other nine clubs negotiated before them? “I don’t want to discuss this now. From the moment they got into the legal field, I think it’s okay to let this legal part end. At the moment, they have shown that they don’t want to. not discuss, they want to go to court and fight with the world of football, “he concluded, while the three clubs claim to want to discuss with the authorities.