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Super League, Juventus, Barca and Real: “Unacceptable pressure”

Byeditorial

May 8, 2021

Superlega Project, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid respond after referral to the competent disciplinary bodies by UEFA. “In relation to the statement issued by Uefa on May 7 on the Super League and the position taken by nine of its founding members, Fútbol Club Barcelona, ​​Juventus Football Club and Real Madrid Club de Fútbol communicate that: The founding clubs have received, and continue to receive unacceptable pressure, threats and offenses from third parties in order to withdraw the proposed project and, consequently, desist from their right / duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem through concrete proposals and constructive dialogue “, reads a note. “This is intolerable from a point of law and justice has already ruled in favor of the Super League proposal, ordering Fifa and Uefa to refrain, both directly and through their members, from taking any action that could prejudice the initiative in any way pending the proceedings “.” The Super League project was jointly conceived by the twelve founding clubs: a. With the aim of providing solutions to the current unsustainable situation in the football sector. The twelve founding clubs shared the same concern – as well as other stakeholders in European football – particularly in the current socio-economic context, that structural reforms are indispensable to ensure that our sport remains of interest and survives in the long term. To respond to this, on April 18 they announced their desire to create the Super League and to establish a communication channel with UEFA and FIFA, in a constructive spirit of collaboration between the parties, as disclosed to each of them on the same date; b. With the utmost respect for the current facilities and the football ecosystem. The founding clubs have expressly agreed that the Super League will take place when recognized by Uefa, Fifa or both, or when, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, considered as a competition compatible in all respects with the continuation of the founding clubs in the respective domestic competitions. However, in spite of these circumstances, Uefa and FIFA have so far refused to establish an adequate channel of communication; and c. In order to bring financial stability to the entire European football family, currently impacted by a deep crisis that threatens the survival of many clubs. Proof of this are the commitments announced to annually allocate solidarity funds of a guaranteed amount, compared to those distributed by UEFA, and to strengthen the rules of financial sustainability, through the creation of a clear, transparent and effective control system, subject to checks by part of experts “, explain the three clubs.” The twelve founding clubs shared how the Super League represents a unique opportunity to offer fans around the world the best possible show and to strengthen the global interest in football, which it is not an immutable fact and it is subject to new generational trends. Furthermore, they shared that one of the main objectives is the promotion of women’s football on a global scale, a huge, but currently underestimated, opportunity for the sector “, underline Juve, Barca and Real.” We are fully aware of the diversity of reactions to the initiative. of the Super League and, consequently, of the need to reflect on the reasons for some of them. We are ready to reconsider the proposed approach as necessary. However, we would be highly irresponsible if, aware of the needs and systemic crisis of the football sector that led us to announce the Super League, we abandon the mission of providing effective and sustainable answers to the existential issues that threaten the football sector “, they add in the long note. the three clubs of the Super League. “We are sorry to see how the clubs, our friends and founding partners of the Super League, are now in an inconsistent and contradictory position having signed numerous commitments with Uefa yesterday. However, as the concrete problems that led the twelve founding clubs to announce the Super League a few weeks ago remain, we reiterate that, to honor our history, to fulfill the commitments made to our stakeholders and our fans, for the good. of football and for the financial sustainability of the sector, we have a duty to act responsibly and to persevere in achieving our goals, despite the continuous and unacceptable pressures and threats received from Uefa “.” Above all, we reiterate to Fifa, Uefa and all football stakeholders, as we have done on numerous occasions since the announcement of the Super League, our commitment and our firm will to discuss together, with respect and in compliance with the principles of law but free from intolerable pressures, the solutions more appropriate for the sustainability of the entire football family “, conclude in the note Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.