Barcelona and Juventus have defended the aborted Super League project despite UEFA
The three clubs said they had received
“unacceptable” threats from UEFA and FIFA since the project collapsed
just two days after it was announced last month, when six Premier League clubs
and three other teams pulled out.
In a joint statement, Real, Barcelona and Juventus said the
Super League had been launched “with the aim of providing solutions to the
current unsustainable situation in the football industry”.
They argued that they and the nine clubs who withdrew under pressure from supporters’ protests — Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan — “shared the same concerns… that structural reforms are indispensable to ensure our sport stays appealing and survives in the long term”.
UEFA wants to move forward after Super League chaos
Those nine clubs on Friday agreed to forego five percent of
their revenue from UEFA competitions for one season and between them make a
15-million-euro ($18.25 million) donation to support grassroots and youth
football in Europe.
They also committed to participating in UEFA competitions
for which they qualify and agreed to pay fines of 100 million euros if they
ever seek to play in an “unauthorised” competition.
Real, Barcelona and Juventus said: “We regret to see
that our friends and founding partners of the Super League project have now
found themselves in such an inconsistent and contradictory position when
signing a number of commitments to UEFA yesterday.”
UEFA said it would take “appropriate action”
against the three clubs who still support the Super League project.
The clubs responded that “the founding clubs have
suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures (and)