UEFA has initiated proceedings against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus for their role in the plans for a European Super League.
The three clubs are the only ones of the original 12 that are involved in the breakaway plans and have not officially withdrawn.
The nine clubs eliminated from the European Super League – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – signed a declaration earlier this month signing the club to UEFA.
In a statement, the European Board of Directors said: “Following an investigation by UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary inspectors into the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC for a possible breach of the law UEFA framework conditions. “
UEFA had previously opened a disciplinary investigation into a possible violation by the three clubs concerned of the legal framework of the management body.
The nine other clubs that were involved in the existing national and international competitions threatened with heavy fines and expulsions in order to renew their interest in the runaway project.
Not only did Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus fail to follow suit, they also issued a joint statement standing up to the potential competition and its legal standing.
The change of UEFA increases the prospect of sanctioning the three clubs. Some reports suggest that they will be banned from UEFA competitions such as the Champions League for a period of two years.