UEFA forgives, those who admit to having made a mistake, but do not forget. Through an official note, the leading continental football body announced that it has reached an agreement with 9 of the 12 founding clubs of the Superlega who have formally made a turn on the new continental format. Among these there are also Inter and Milan who, however, will have to deal with the sanctions Uefa that has provided for them fines and withholdings. On the other hand, the measures on the horizon for those who have decided not to give up the Superlega, or Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are much heavier. For the 3 “dissident” clubs, drastic measures are expected.
Arsenal FC, AC Milan, Chelsea FC, Club Atlético de Madrid, FC Internazionale Milano, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, or 9 of the 12 clubs involved in the Superlega project, have submitted a declaration to UEFA. ‘commitment, which in fact certifies the turnaround with respect to the will to break the project of the new continental format. The former “rebels”, as stated in the statement, acknowledged the mistake by apologizing in the order “to fans, national associations, national leagues, European clubs and UEFA. Recognizing that the project would not have been authorized in based on the UEFA Statutes and Regulations “.
Despite the desire to fully align themselves with UEFA and ECA directives, the 9 clubs will still have to deal with UEFA sanctions. First of all as a “gesture of goodwill”, Inter Milan, Milan and the other now former dissidents, will make a donation for a total of 15 million euros, to be used for the benefit of children, young people and grassroots football in local communities from all over Europe, including the UK. In addition, the Milanese, the English sixes and Atletico Madrid will be subject to a withholding of 5% of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed. All with the scare of substantial fines in the event of participation in an unauthorized competition (100 million euros), or violations of the other commitments signed (50 million euros).
President Ceferin said: “The announced measures are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be withheld by UEFA. They will all be reinvested in youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK. “. It is reasonable to expect much tougher measures against Juventus, Barcelona and Real now. For them in recent days there was also talk of a possible exclusion from Europe.