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Spanish Court Orders UEFA and Premier League to Drop All Action Against European Super League Founders

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Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona could have been barred from participating in the Champions League next season
Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona could have been barred from participating in the Champions League next season / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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A Spanish court judge has ordered UEFA and the Premier League to cancel all financial and legal sanctions against the 12 founders of the European Super League.

Out of the 12, the Premier League's 'Big Six' along with Atletico Madrid, Inter, and Milan pulled their support for the breakaway competition not 48 hours after it was announced due to fierce backlash from the football community.

However, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus refused to back down, and continued to back the project, despite warnings by UEFA that they would face sanctions for their roles in the potential breakaway league.

But a new ruling by a Spanish court has ordered that none of the founders must face any sanctions from the European football governing body. "These actions… constitute a flagrant violation of the order… of 20 April 2021," Judge Ruiz de Lara said in his latest ruling on Thursday.

"These are not isolated acts (...) but a succession of acts and statements forming part of a strategy devised by the defendants with the aim of provoking the ineffectiveness of a court decision. The opening of disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona constitutes a clear breach of the interim measures granted by the Order of 20 April 2021."

He went to instruct UEFA that Madrid, Barca, and Juve must be allowed to compete in the Champions League next season, and unless they abandon all disciplinary action against the three clubs, UEFA could face "serious financial and criminal sactions". Under Spanish law, anyone ignoring a court order could face up to one year in prison.

Similarly, the Italian Football Federation and the Premier League were also warned to avoid any sanctions against Super League clubs. "The concealed sanctions imposed on certain founding ESL clubs, simply under the euphemism of calling them an agreement, are a clear breach of our interim measures order," Judge Ruiz de Lara added.

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