After weeks of taking hit after hit when it comes to public relations and reputation around the football world, Juventus finally got themselves a win when it comes to its Super League breakaway attempt.
It doesn’t involve any new developments with the Super League, but it’s probably the next best thing at this point.
UEFA announced Wednesday that it has suspended its disciplinary proceedings against the three clubs that still remain affiliated with the Super League — Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The result of this development is that the three clubs will remain in the Champions League and won’t face any kind of heavy fine or expulsion from Europe’s premier club competition.
The statement from UEFA is as follows:
Following the opening of disciplinary proceedings against FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, the UEFA Appeals Body has decided to stay the proceedings until further notice.
Considering how the fallout from the Super League has gone from its initial announcement to the the English clubs getting out one by one to Juventus holding firm in its stance that it believes in the breakaway league, you have to consider this a win for Andrea Agnelli. As much as the final day of the 2020-21 season was a win for the simple fact that Napoli bottled it and Juve qualified for next season’s Champions League because of it, there was always the caveat of what was going to come down from UEFA.
Basically, even though Juventus had just finished in one of Serie A’s Champions League spots, their Champions League footing was anything but certain.
But now, well, we can breathe a little easier for the time being. Who knows how long this suspension of the disciplinary proceedings will last or if they will even come back based on just how much of a roller coaster ride UEFA’s decision-making folks seem to be on. For now, though, Juventus is in the Champions League next season and we have a draw to look forward to.