European Super League clubs pen open letter reaffirming commitment.

European Super League clubs pen open letter reaffirming commitment.

A botched elitist revolt

The European Super League was formed and seemingly died within 72 hours in the middle of April. All six Premier League clubs that confirmed their desire to enter the competition quickly pulled out amidst fan, player and organisation backlash, along with Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

European Super League clubs pen open letter reaffirming commitment.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 23: Arsenal fans chant and hold placards during a protest against the club’s owner Stan Kroenke ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton, outside Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2021 in London, England. The protest, which takes place amid growing discontent over the running Arsenal FC, was sparked by the club’s recent involvement in the European Super League. There was uproar from football fans across the country earlier this week when six major Premier League football clubs, including Arsenal, announced that they were to join the controversial “closed-shop” tournament. Each club has subsequently withdrawn from the competition. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Protests at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium have since reinforced the revulsion that washed over football as these clubs attempted their elitist coup, and the affair has made already unpopular owners almost outlaws in the cities of the clubs they own.

However, three clubs remain to this day. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have yet to formally withdraw, causing UEFA to begin court proceedings against the clubs.

Three clubs hit back

In response, these clubs have penned a joint statement, available on their respective official websites.

The statement reads:

BARCELONA, JUVENTUS AND REAL MADRID REMAIN COMMITTED TO MODERNIZING FOOTBALL THROUGH AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH UEFA

FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF wish to express their absolute rejection of the insistent coercion that UEFA has been maintaining towards three of the most relevant institutions in the history of football. This alarming attitude constitutes a flagrant breach of the decision of the courts of justice, which have already made a clear statement warning UEFA to refrain from taking any action that could penalise the founding clubs of the Super League while the legal proceedings are ongoing.

Therefore, the opening of disciplinary proceedings by UEFA is incomprehensible and is a direct attack against the rule of law that we, the citizens of the European Union, have democratically built up, while constituting a lack of respect toward the authority of the courts of justice themselves.

From the beginning, the Super League has been promoted with the aim of improving the situation of European football, through permanent dialogue with UEFA and with the objective to increase the interest in the sport and to offer fans the best possible show. This objective has to be achieved in a framework of sustainability and solidarity, especially in a precarious economic situation such as the one many clubs in Europe are currently experiencing.

Instead of exploring ways of modernizing football through open dialogue, UEFA expects us to withdraw the ongoing court proceedings that question their monopoly over European football. Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid, all of them more than a century old, will not accept any form of coercion or intolerable pressure, while they remain strong in their willingness to debate, respectfully and through dialogue, the urgent solutions that football currently needs.

Either we reform football or we will have to watch its inevitable downfall.

It remains to be seen which side will back down in this confrontation first, but what is clear is that neither side is willing to do so just yet.

 

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