London, May 26: UEFA has started disciplinary action against now last of the three hold up teams of rebel league European Super League, Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid .
While other nine clubs have backed off from the rebel project the three european giants Barcelona , Juventus and Real Madrid are still in the project .
Proceedings are now active for “a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework,” UEFA said Tuesday.
The European soccer body’s statutes include a section on “prohibited groupings” of clubs or leagues forming without UEFA’s permission or outside its control.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned the clubs last month that “if they say we are a Super League, then they don’t play Champions League, of course.”
UEFA gave no timetable for the expected disciplinary cases against the three which have all qualified on merit for the Champions League next season.
Any bans for the clubs — and elevation of other Spanish and Italian teams to replace them — would likely lead to appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and pressure to resolve the cases before next season’s European competitions. The Champions League group-stage draw is on Aug. 26 and matches start on Sept. 14.
The nine clubs who settled with UEFA are: AC Milan, Inter Milan, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham, plus Champions League finalists Chelsea and Manchester City.