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UEFA Reject Madrid Court's Claims to Drop Sanctions Against Clubs Involved in European Super League

A Madrid judge ordered UEFA to drop all sanctions against the 12 Super League founders
A Madrid judge ordered UEFA to drop all sanctions against the 12 Super League founders / Visionhaus/Getty Images

UEFA have rejected an order by a Madrid court judge asking them to drop the sanctions against the 12 founding members of the European Super League.

Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are still in favour of the breakaway competition, despite the Premier League's "Big Six", both Milan clubs, and Atletico Madrid pulling out from their support of the league.

Last Friday, Judge Manuel Ruiz de Lara demanded that the European football's governing body would let go of all the sactions against the clubs involved, and fines or criminal charges to be ignored, according to The Times.

However, the report states that UEFA feel the sactions handed out are justified and confident they will win the battle in the European Court of Justice. The report adds that since UEFA are based in Switzerland, they are not part of the European Union, and do not need to obey the court's ruling.

UEFA are confident that any plans to revive the ESL in future will be quickly quashed, with a source saying: "The Super League is dead. The fans killed it and there is not going to be a resurrection."

LaLiga president Javier Tebas slammed the idea of the European Super League, but admitted that Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus deserve "some credit" for wanting to work with the game's governing bodies.

He told the media: "First of all, it's the same judge as always, so he was always going to rule in a similar fashion. If this particular judge has already made his views on the issue clear, he's not going to change his mind. It would be a joke if he did change his mind. In my opinion, the whole thing is a bit of a joke, but it would be even more so if he were to do that.

"I remember the words of the Real Madrid president (Florentino Perez) on (television show) El Chiringuito (in April), he told us not to worry, that he would organise everything and that they would hand out breadcrumbs here and there. Now they're taking a step forward in the right direction at least."