The remaining clubs of the European Super League have given the governing body an incendiary response.
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have criticized UEFA for pronouncing that they are going to start disciplinary proceedings against them, saying that the options are they either start a dialogue for reforming the game or “watch its inevitable downfall”.
The three clubs are ESL’s last holdouts which saw most of its founding members fall out under intense situations from UEFA and FIFA.
However, Barcelona, Juve and Los Blancos have not backed out yet, insisting that UEFA should opt for sanctions.
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,"
the clubs said in a collective statement.
"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.
"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."
The governing body made a statement on Wednesday that they will start disciplinary proceedings in view of "a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework".
The other sides that were part of the ESL, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Inter, alongside AC Milan were told that they will be financially punished.