UEFA appoints investigators for Super League rebels case
A banner hangs from one of the gates of Stamford Bridge stadium in London where Chelsea fans were protesting against Chelsea's decision to be included amongst the clubs attempting to form a new European Super League, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Reaction to the proposals from 12 clubs to rip up European soccer by forming a breakaway Super League has ranged from anger and condemnation to humor and sarcasm. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:13AM EDT
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA appointed in-house investigators Wednesday for disciplinary cases against European Super League organizers Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona.
The three clubs could be banned from future Champions League or Europa League competitions and fined for refusing to renounce the project which collapsed within 48 hours of being announced last month.
The nine other rebel clubs reached settlements last week to commit to UEFA competitions and pay millions of euros (dollars) in forfeits of future prize money and donations to a UEFA-run charity.
The focus for inspectors will be "a potential violation of UEFA's legal framework … in connection with the so-called `Super League' project," UEFA said.
The European soccer body's legal statutes include a section "prohibited groupings" of clubs or leagues forming without UEFA's permission or outside its control.
No timetable was given for the UEFA investigation.
Disciplinary charges typically follow at least three weeks after investigators are appointed.
Any UEFA sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.