Super League soap opera, continued. The time has come for reconciliation and… for sanctions for ex-slingers. The nine clubs having now officially given up on the stillborn competition, have committed to a number of points with UEFA, and in particular to pay around fifteen million euros as punishment. An amount which will then be paid to the benefit "of children, young people and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the United Kingdom", as indicated by UEFA on Friday, in a press release . They will also be subject to a 5% withholding tax on the income they will receive during their next European campaign and have signed an agreement which provides for substantial fines in the event of participation in a competition not authorized by the European Union. 'UEFA (100 M €) or if they violateone way or another to the agreement formalized today (50 M €). A sort of reprieve, in short ...
UEFA has approved reintegration measures for nine clubs involved in the so-called 'Super League'.
The matter of the other clubs involved in the so-called "Super League" will be referred to UEFA disciplinary bodies.
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- UEFA (@UEFA) May 7, 2021
Remember that we are talking about six English clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham), two Italian teams (AC Milan, Inter Milan) and a representative of the Spanish Liga (Atlético), which will now return to the club's representative body, the ECA, headed by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain, who was also the big winner of this Super League crisis in many ways.
Real, Barcelona and Juve in the sights
What about Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin, who still have not officially given up on the Super League at the time of this writing? "The question of other clubs involved in the so-called" Super League "will be referred to the competent disciplinary bodies of UEFA," said the European body, without further clarification on what risk these three clubs. “I told the UEFA Congress two weeks ago that it takes a strong organization to admit making a mistake, especially in these days of social media trials. These clubs have done just that, relishes President Aleksander Ceferin in a UEFA statement. By accepting their commitments and their willingness to repair the disturbances they have caused, theUEFA wants to put this chapter behind it and move forward in a positive spirit. The measures announced are important, but none of the financial sanctions will be retained by UEFA. ”
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said: "The measures announced are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be retained by UEFA. They will all be reinvested into youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK."
- UEFA (@UEFA) May 7, 2021
And the Slovenian leader, successor to Michel Platini, added: “These clubs quickly recognized their mistakes and took steps to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football.
The same cannot be said of the clubs (Real, Barça and Juve) which remain involved in the so-called "Super League" and UEFA will deal with these clubs thereafter. "
We remember that Mr. Ceferin, who recently castigated "those who think that the Earth is flat and consider that the Super League still exists", had not ruled out the hypothesis of an exclusion from European competitions for the most recalcitrant in recent weeks .
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