European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus face two-season Champions League ban

European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus face a two-season Champions League ban unless they withdraw from ESL
European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus face a two-season Champions League ban unless they withdraw from ESL

European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus face a two-season Champions League ban unless they withdraw from the European Super League and sign a settlement agreement with UEFA.

UEFA has appointed disciplinary inspectors to conduct an investigation into Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their attempts to launch a breakaway Super League, European soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday.

The clubs are the only three of the original 12 to have not distanced themselves from the project following an outpouring of criticism.

European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus face two-season Champions League ban

“UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary inspectors have today appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project,” UEFA said in a statement.

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The Super League was launched with 12 clubs as founding members, but nine of them — Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid — have since backed out and reached a deal with UEFA.

European Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus hits out at UEFA

On Saturday, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus hit out at “intolerable” pressure and threats to abandon the Super League project, and vowed to “persevere” with the idea despite its considerable rejection.

Their statement read: “The founding clubs have suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures, threats, and offenses to abandon the project and therefore desist from their right and duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem via concrete proposals and constructive dialogue.”

The nine clubs who pulled out of the European Super League – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – signed the Club Commitment Declaration with UEFA on Friday which includes a series of “reintegration” steps.

UEFA had said last week that it would start disciplinary proceedings against Juventus, Real and Barca, the three clubs who remain involved with the Super League.