UEFA requests removal of Spanish judge from Super League case

UEFA requests removal of Spanish judge from Super League case

The move could eventually lead to the resumption of disciplinary action against rogue clubs following his retirement on Monday night.

File photo of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin. AP . photos

UEFA took legal action on Tuesday to remove a judge from a Spanish court case that thwarted an attempt to punish Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus for their role in the disintegration of the Premier League.

The move could eventually lead to the resumption of disciplinary action against rogue clubs following his retirement on Monday night.

“UEFA has submitted a petition to appeal to the judge who is presiding over the ongoing process because he believes that there have been significant irregularities in the process,” UEFA said in a statement. “In accordance with Spanish law and in the fundamental interests of justice, UEFA expects the relevant judge to step down immediately pending full and proper consideration of this request.”

UEFA also submitted an appeal to the Madrid High Court of Appeal.

The judge is Manuel Ruiz de Lara.

The body in Nyon, Switzerland, said it would “continue to take all necessary measures, in strict accordance with European Union and national law, to defend its interests and, most importantly, the interests of its members and all stakeholders in football”.

UEFA hopes the European Court of Justice ruling in Luxembourg will support its attempts to eventually exclude Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus from the Champions League.

The UEFA dossier was launched following the impressive launch of the Premier League by 12 clubs in April. The plan to break away from the current Champions League collapsed 48 hours after English clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and City – withdrew amid a backlash from their fans and the government. Three of the other founding members of the Superliga (AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atlético de Madrid) also quickly withdrew.

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