Real Madrid, Barcelona Could Still Face Champions League Ban

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  • Six Premier League clubs to send letter to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez seeking to dissolve proposed European Super League
  • Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus could still face Champions League bans if they do not back out of Super League
  • Perez, Laporta remain supportive of ESL plans

While the plans to create a European Super League died less than two days after they were originally announced in April, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to concede. Perez has maintained for weeks that he would prefer to move forward with the idea, but he isn’t getting any support from his former co-conspirators.

ESPN reported on Friday that the six English Premier League teams that were involved in the league are going to request that Perez dissolve the company created to launch the league.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur are the English clubs that were previously tied to the project.

Super League’s Immediate Demise

The Super League was proposed back in April as a way to replace the UEFA Champions League. In addition to the six aforementioned English teams, the Super League was also set to include Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona, with eight more rotational spots.

However, the announcement received tremendous backlash from fans, players, and sponsors, which led to several clubs announcing their withdrawal shortly thereafter. The English clubs, Atletico, Inter, and AC Milan announced that they would be abandoning the proposal.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus have yet to officially withdraw, however, and those clubs are reportedly seeking to continue with the plan. The company created to help design the project still exists, but the English clubs are hoping to get Perez to squash it.

After the request is sent to Perez, the other clubs will give him two to four weeks to call a board meeting and officially eliminate the Super League. If Perez declines, the Premier League clubs are reportedly set to take legal action against him.

Could the Spanish Giants Face a Champions League Ban?

UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, initially threatened to take action against the clubs involved in the Super League. There was an immediate threat from UEFA to permanently ban those clubs from Champions and Europa League competition indefinitely, which was something that ultimately led to the decisions of those teams to quit the Super League. UEFA is reportedly supportive of the work the Premier League clubs have done to separate themselves from the Super League in the meantime.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are still facing potential punishment. La Liga president Javier Tebas said recently that both clubs may ultimately be excluded from next season’s Champions League if they do not reverse course in their support of the Super League.

Perez and Barcelona president Joan Laporta have resisted thus far. Laporta said,

“We are not planning to apologize for thinking. If they punish us, we’ll go to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and we’re sure that we’ll win.”

Laporta added,

“There was pressure from governments, countries, and UEFA itself, and the format of the competition doesn’t exist. Now there’s a company with the rights, which have been recognized by a judge, and the judge has sent the case to [the European Court of Justice] to confirm that we have this right. If we wanted to organize the competition, we could. We will sit down with UEFA, FIFA, and everyone. We defend it because we have this problem and we’re suffering. UEFA says that it’s going to solve it, but it hasn’t. We have to look for a better, more attractive format.”

Taylor Smith

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