Disciplinary proceedings opened against Juventus, Madrid and Barcelona over ESL

European Super League conspirators Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona could be banned from next season’s Champions League after UEFA opened formal disciplinary charges against the rebel trio.

The three clubs were among 12 founding members of the doomed ESL project, which was designed to rival the Champions League.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan all renounced their support for the Super League in the wake of fan protests.

But the rebel three are refusing to withdraw from the proposals – and UEFA look set to come down hard on them as a result.

In a statement, Nyon officials said: “Following an investigation conducted by UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework.

“Further information will be made available in due course.”

UEFA look set to dish out heavy fines to the rebel three, with expulsion from next season’s Champions League also a possibility.

If the clubs are excluded from the competition, it’s highly likely they would lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

That could complicate the situation further, with next season’s Champions League proper due to begin on September 14.

All three clubs are set to be involved in next season’s tournament, although Juventus made harder work of qualifying than they would have liked.

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