28/09/2021; 12:51 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Florentino Perez is the proponent of the Super League. Forget all you heard about the project being about saving football. It is about making money, lots of it. The financial situation of several clubs in Europe helped him gather disciples to the project.
Despite six English clubs, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid abandoning ship, the Real Madrid president remained adamant. FC Barcelona and Juventus stood in support of the project. Despite threats from associations and fans, the trio refused to back down.
With only three teams supporting thea, technically, the Super League is dead, but Florentino Perez still believes in his pet project.
UEFA have tried to arm-twist the trio to back down from the project, especially with the other teams abandoning ship. The European body sought legal actions against the three sides, but it has now come to an end.
Is it monopolistic for UEFA to control every football competition in Europe? That seems to be the scenario. The body has been bold in its attempts to shut down the Super League project, even going as far as introducing the Conference League to make it more difficult to attract sympathy for the project.
It may sound authoritarian, but UEFA is only trying to protect its interests.
Following the announcement of the Super League, UEFA was in full flow, frothing and threatening sanctions against the participating clubs. UEFA instituted legal actions against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for refusing to back down from their pursuit of the Super League.
UEFA pulled a retreat after a Madrid court accused them of acting "outside the rule of law".
The case will be dropped as announced by the UEFA Appeals Body. It means, in the time being, there will be no further sanctions against the three clubs.
Uefa statement 🚨📑— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 27, 2021
“Following stay of proceedings against Barça, Juventus and Real Madrid, in the matter related to violation of UEFA’s legal framework with Super League, UEFA Appeals Body declared today the proceedings NULL & void, as if the proceedings had never been opened”.
In a statement on their official website, the body claims that the proceedings are now null and void.
Bogged by what he deems a stale Champions League that was fast losing attraction, Florentino Perez came up with a bold and controversial plan to start a new competition that will challenge the UEFA Champions League for importance. Perez announced the controversiala in April.
12 clubs were part of the original plan, but things went south quickly as UEFA and national football associations baulked at thea. Fan protests across Europe spread quickly, forcing nine of the clubs to beat a fast retreat.
Following the fan outcry, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan all pulled out of the project leaving Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
The English clubs agreed to a settlement of £22 million ($31m) with the Premier League.
The Super League is dead but not 'over'. Here on Betpack, we'll be sure to provide any updates or news regarding this as they come.