UEFA have opened the way to ban Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus from the Champions League after beginning formal disciplinary charges against the rebel trio.
Euro chiefs are determined to bring the three Super League ringleaders to heel after the collapse of their breakaway plan.
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Unlike the Prem Big Six, the two Milan sides and Atletico Madrid, the three clubs have refused to pull the plug on their scheme.
That has infuriated Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin.
He is out for revenge and wants to impose two season bans.
And now that prospect had moved a step closer after Uefa announced its first move.
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 has put the screws on all three who now know they face serious sanctions unless they apologise and finally give up the ghost on their concept.
Despite all six English rebels backing out within 48 hours of the ESL announcement, Real, Barca and Juve have still not backed down.
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Earlier in May, the trio released a joint statement vowing to go to war with the European chiefs.
The waffling press release also aimed a dig at the nine clubs who initially formed the ESL but pulled out amid fan fury across the world.
Days later, the threat of a two-year suspension from European tournaments was thrown down.
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