Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus denounce "pressures and threats" UEFA, and ask for dialogue

The three clubs that still persist in the idea of ​​the big competition define the attitude of the other nine teams as “incoherent and inconsistent”.

The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Prez.

The Real Madrid, the Barcelona and the Juventus de Turn issued this Saturday a statement denouncing “pressure” and “threats” from UEFA for the creation of the Super League. In the text, they remember that the courts have already ruled on “any action that could penalize the founding clubs” and ask “to debate, with due respect, without totally intolerable pressure.”

The three founding clubs of the Superliga responded to the statement issued by UEFA on Friday in which the highest European football body announced an agreement with the nine clubs that had withdrawn from the Superliga, which it admitted back to its bosom in exchange. of a fine of 15 million euros, among other penalties. The three teams that are still in rebellion denounce, in the first point of their text, “pressure, threats and offenses” to abandon the project.

They rate what happened as “unacceptable in a state of law” and they recall that “the Courts have already ruled on the Super League project, ordering FIFA and UEFA, categorically, to abstain while the judicial procedure is being processed, from taking any action that could penalize the founding clubs.” They understand, in this way, that “the appearance of good law of said initiative” is recognized.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus assure in a second point that the Super League was designed by twelve clubs (these three plus Atltico de Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Milan) “in order to provide solutions to the unsustainable situation” that the world of football is going through, as a result of the “deep concern about the current socio-economic situation” and understanding as “essential to undertake structural reforms aimed at guaranteeing the sustainability” of the king of sports.

Dialogue will

Although since the April 18th, the twelve founding clubs announced the creation of the Super League and their “will to establish a communication channel with UEFA and FIFA, with a constructive spirit and collaboration between the parties” and recall that the new competition “It will only take place if it is recognized by UEFA or FIFA or if, by virtue of the applicable legal system, it was recognized as a competition compatible for all purposes with the continuity of the founding clubs in their respective national competitions “, they reveal that the response of the organizations has been” to refuse to establish an adequate communication channel any”.

They defend in their statement the objective of the creation of the Super League “to bring financial stability to the entire European football family“, the commitment” to pay annual solidarity payments that multiply those offered by UEFA “, as well as” the obligation to reinforce the rules of financial sustainability by creating a clear, transparent and effective control system verified by experts “.

So the twelve clubs that shaped the competition say they understood it “as a unique opportunity to offer fans around the world the best show possible and increase global interest in sport, which faces new generational trends that threaten its future. ”

In the last sections of the statement, the three founding clubs that have not announced their departure from the Super League, acknowledge that they are “fully aware of the diversity of reactions” that the announcement has provoked and “the need to reflect“about it, so they are open to” reconsider the proposed approach as necessary. “However, they think it would be” grossly irresponsible “to abandon their” mission to provide effective and sustainable solutions and answers to threatening issues. to football. ”

They regret “deeply” the situation of the nine clubs that announced their departure from the Super League, “immersed in an incoherent – and inconsistent – position after assuming certain commitments with UEFA yesterday“And they reiterate to FIFA, UEFA and all football players, their” commitment and firm will to discuss, with due respect, without totally intolerable pressure and with respect for the rule of law, the most appropriate solutions for the sustainability of the whole football family. “

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