– The three clubs still in the European Super League released a joint statement on Saturday
– They maintained their stance on the controversial league and slammed UEFA for what they termed “threats” from the body
– Premier League Big Six and Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan earlier released a statement on Friday vowing to do everything they could to break away from ESL plans
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Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three remaining clubs in the controversial European Super League, have released a scathing statement amid threats from UEFA.
Nine of the initial participants of the controversial league, including the Premier League ‘Big Six’ withdrew from the plans and announced their commitment to UEFA competitions at continental and domestic level.
The remaining three clubs stood by the competition, with UEFA threatening “appropriate action” on Friday, May 7.
Amid unrelenting calls to abandon the European Super League, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid released a joint statement on Saturday justifying their decision to stand by their initial decision.
“The founding clubs have suffered,” the joint statement started.
“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,”
According to the three clubs, they have faced “unacceptable third-party pressures [and] threats… to abandon the project”, something they claim is unacceptable if the rule of law is to be applied.
Plans for the ESL were initially announced on April 18, but ended up collapsing barely 48 hours later after fan outrage.
English clubs in particular withdrew and issued apologies to their respective fans after furious fan back clash and UK government pressure.
On Friday, the Premier League Big Six alongside Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan said they would “do everything they could” to get themselves out of the arrangement.
In their parallel statement, the likes of Barca, Juve and Real Madrid said that they were willing to see reforms in the proposed league but not abandon the project in its entirety altogether.
“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,” the statement went on.
Earlier, . had reported how Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane emerged as a priority target for Spanish League giants Real Madrid this summer.
Los Blancos recently tilted towards landing England forward since their quest to bring either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe is taking a longer time.
Both youngsters are the hottest attackers in the world at the moment but their clubs will not be ready to part ways with them anytime soon.
Source: . Nigeria