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Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus Slam UEFA, Claim Football is Heading for ‘Inevitable Downfall’

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spearheaded the European Super League plans
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spearheaded the European Super League plans / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus have issued a joint statement slamming the football's governing body, UEFA, after it announced it would enact disciplinary proceedings against them.

The three European giants were among the 12 founders of a breakaway Super League which threatened the future of UEFA's elite competitions, the Champions League and Europa League. The Premier League's Big Six of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham, along with Inter, Milan, and Atletico Madrid pulled out of the tournament and were handed financial sanctions by UEFA for their involvement.

But Barcelona, Madrid, and Juventus are yet to back down from the project, forcing UEFA to opt for sanctions - a decision that led to the trio issuing a statement attacking UEFA's 'incomprehensible' disciplinary proceedings.

The statement read: "FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF wish to express their absolute rejection of the insistent coercion that UEFA has been maintaining towards three of the most relevant institutions in the history of football. "

"This alarming attitude constitutes a flagrant breach of the decision of the courts of justice, which have already made a clear statement warning UEFA to refrain from taking any action that could penalise the founding clubs of the Super League while the legal proceedings are ongoing."

"Therefore, the opening of disciplinary proceedings by UEFA is incomprehensible and is a direct attack against the rule of law that we, the citizens of the European Union, have democratically built up, while constituting a lack of respect toward the authority of the courts of justice themselves."

"From the beginning, the Super League has been promoted with the aim of improving the situation of European football, through permanent dialogue with UEFA and with the objective to increase the interest in the sport and to offer fans the best possible show. "

"This objective has to be achieved in a framework of sustainability and solidarity, especially in a precarious economic situation such as the one many clubs in Europe are currently experiencing. Instead of exploring ways of modernizing football through open dialogue, UEFA expects us to withdraw the ongoing court proceedings that question their monopoly over European football."

The three clubs concluded by stating, "Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid, all of them more than a century old, will not accept any form of coercion or intolerable pressure, while they remain strong in their willingness to debate, respectfully and through dialogue, the urgent solutions that football currently needs. Either we reform football or we will have to watch its inevitable downfall."