Following the departure of the nine founding clubs from the European Super League, the remaining three issued a rebuttal.
The three last holdouts of the ESL,Barcelona
, have slammed UEFA for the project collapse, by a statement on Saturday.
From the dozen founding sides, nine of them including the Premier League’s Big Six, La Liga’s Atletico Madrid and Serie A’s Inter and Milan are facing financial consequences after talking with the European governing body.
However, the trio’s resistance is an obstacle towards an agreement, following their incendiary rebuttal upon both UEFA and FIFA.
The founding clubs have suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures, threats, and offenses to abandon the project and therefore desist from their right and duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem via concrete proposals and constructive dialogue,"
the clubs announced.
"This is intolerable under the rule of law and Tribunals have already ruled in favour of the Super League proposal, ordering FIFA and UEFA to, either directly or through their affiliated bodies, refrain from taking any action which may hinder this initiative in any way while court proceedings are pending.
"Furthermore, we reiterate to FIFA, UEFA and all football stakeholders, as we have done on several occasions since the announcement of the Super League, our commitment and determination to discuss, with respect and without intolerable pressure and in accordance with the rule of law, the most appropriate solutions for the sustainability of the whole football family."
Barca, Juve and Madrid’s efforts make them the only remaining sides in the theoretical ESL, after the other nine were financially punished by UEFA.
Arsenal, Milan, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Inter, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will have to concede five percent of the UEFA’s revenue for one season.
The clubs left will probably face more sanctions for next season with a possibility of European competition exclusion.