EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE plotters have vowed to break up the Uefa ‘monopoly’ after a court waved through the new competition.
The governing body had launched legal action to prevent the tournament from seeing the light of the day, while punishing those involved for creating the concept that would override the Champions League.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain committed to the project despite nine other founder clubs dropping out.
Six Premier League sides, including Manchester United and Arsenal, pulled their support amid huge fan backlash with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid also halting their involvement.
All nine teams have apologised and agreed to financial compensation with both Uefa, and the six English clubs will hand over millions to the Prem.
But the resistant trio hailed a European Court of Justice ruling on Friday that has halted any action being taken against them.
A joint statement read: “Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid 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.
“Including terminating the disciplinary proceedings against the undersigning three clubs and removing the penalties and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs for them to avoid Uefa’s disciplinary action.
“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.”
Despite the departure of the English six, also including Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, the trio will attempt to revive the plot.
And Real, Juve and Barcelona have vowed to ‘review’ certain elements of the competition to make it more palatable.
Our aim is to keep developing the Super League project in a constructive and cooperative manner.
The statement continued: “We have the duty to address the very serious issues facing football: UEFA has established itself as the sole regulator, exclusive operator, and unique owner of rights of European football competitions.
“This monopolistic position, in conflict of interest, is damaging football and its competitive balance.
“As shown by ample evidence, financial controls are inadequate, and they have been improperly enforced.
“Clubs participating in European competitions have the right to govern their own competitions.
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“We are pleased that going forward we will no longer be subject to ongoing UEFA’s threats.
“Our aim is to keep developing the Super League project in a constructive and cooperative manner, always counting on all football stakeholders: fans, players, coaches, clubs, leagues, and national and international associations.
“We are aware that there are elements of our proposal that should be reviewed and, of course, can be improved through dialogue and consensus.
“We remain confident in the success of a project that will be always compliant with European Union laws.”
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