European Super League rebels Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus suing Fifa and Uefa after failed breakaway

UEFA are planning to make a ‘robust’ defence after the European Super League attempted to wage war on them.

The European Court of Justice announced earlier it had received a referral from a Madrid court concerning a claim that Uefa and Fifa had acted unlawfully in trying to shut down the league.

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The governing body had threatened three clubs – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus – who all refused to renounce it.

The trio all claimed Uefa had violated European Union competition law in seeking to block it.

However, Uefa have now released a statement vowing to defend their position ‘robustly’.

It read: “Uefa takes note of the announcement by the European Court of Justice of the referral from a Madrid court on the so-called European Super League, notwithstanding the withdrawal of nine of its founding member clubs.

“Uefa is confident in its position and will defend it robustly.”

Back on April 18, twelve of Europe's biggest clubs announced they had formed a new competition.

Within hours they had informed Uefa and Fifa of measures the Super League had taken preemptively to block any challenges to its foundation.

But the league had effectively collapsed within 72 hours as the founder clubs withdrew one by one, starting with the Premier League's 'Big Six'.


Nine of the clubs entered a new peace deal on May 7 with Uefa following huge fan protests against the proposed breakaway,

But the three clubs who have not renounced the Super League face sanctions after disciplinary proceedings were opened on May 25.

The trio issued a joint statement the following day, describing the disciplinary action as ‘incomprehensible’ and that football faced an ‘inevitable downfall’ without major reform.

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