Today, Thursday, a Spanish court ordered the European Football Association (UEFA) to cancel all legal sanctions imposed on Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for planning to create a separate European League.
The court also asked UEFA not to take any steps to try to exclude the three clubs, which were the last of the 12 teams behind the breakaway league, from its various competitions, including the Champions League.
Madrid’s commercial court has ruled that UEFA cannot force organizers to formally dissolve the Premier League and has barred the body from imposing a €100 million ($118.50 million) fine on clubs that sought to join the split.
The court said the Premier League and Italy’s national football federation should rescind any sanctions against clubs that initially signed up to the project.
The Premier League, announced in April, caused an uproar among fans, governments, players and managers, and the project collapsed less than 48 hours after its launch when all six English clubs withdrew.
Seeking to deter future defections, UEFA sought to impose tough penalties on rebellious clubs but suspended disciplinary action in June.
Nine clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – have abandoned the project.
However, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus continued to defend the plan, issuing joint statements in May complaining of unacceptable pressure and threats from a third party to abandon the project.