The feud between UEFA and Europe Super League remaining founders seems to enter to the next level. The supposedly part two battle between two sides is set to begin in the near future as the decision from the 17th Mercantile Court of Madrid this week is in favour of the Super League founders. It was reportedly said that UEFA had been obliged to rule out the suspension on the disciplinary issue for the three remaining founders as well as the fine plus other sanctions for the other nine clubs which had withdrawn earlier as the debacle began.
Those three founders who still stay on this mega project to this day, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, released the joint statement regarding that issue.
"FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid CF welcome today's Court's decision enforcing, with immediate effect, UEFA's obligation to unwind the actions taken against all European Super League founding clubs.
The Court backs the request made by the promoters of the European Super League, dismisses UEFA's appeal, and confirms its warning to UEFA that failure to comply with its ruling shall result in fines and potential criminal liability. The case will be assessed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which shall review UEFA's monopolistic position over European football."
UEFA is likely to prepare their next battle although there has not been any official statement from the Europe's governing body so far. The ESL's founders' accusation on them as the sole authorised party in making regulation, operating exclusively, and owning rights in European football might still be debatable since ESL itself is not without a flaw. The breakaway league can still potentially create more exclusive circle among the elite teams as well as bigger financial gap with the non elite ones.
Prior to the decision from the Spanish Court, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus were under the threat of facing a long-term ban from any UEFA competitions with two years as the potential minimum punishment due to their persistence in organisings ESL. Furthermore, the other withdrawn nine clubs from last April's potential cathastrophe have been the subject of UEFA's financial punishment as they have agreed to donate €15 million combined for UEFA grassroot program, to have five-percent deduction from their prize money in the continental competitions in 2023/24 plus to pay another €100 million for any attempt of taking part of such 'considerably illegal' tournament again.
It will be interesting to how this legal battle goes in European Court of Justice since both have their own bullets to win the case.