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UEFA have issued an update on their disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for their role in the failed European Super League plan.
The three clubs are the only ones of the original 12 who have not yet officially withdrawn from the proposed ESL. Initially, it looked as though all three were at risk of a two-year Champions League ban as well as a hefty fine.
However UEFA's proceedings have now been "temporarily" suspended - and it now appears clear that all three clubs will almost certainly compete in this season's Champions League.
The news comes after an injunction had been taken out by a Madrid court, which was designed to prevent punishment of the rebel clubs (as reported by the Mirror).
A statement released by UEFA on Wednesday read: "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.
"UEFA understands why the disciplinary proceedings needed to be suspended for the time being, but remains confident in and will continue to defend its position in all the relevant jurisdictions.
"UEFA will take all necessary steps in strict accordance with national and EU law in order for the UEFA Appeals Body to be in a position to resume the disciplinary proceedings as soon as possible."
There's no information on how long UEFA plan to delay punishment for, but it seems clear Real, Barca and Juve will compete in this season's Champions League.
Football fans will no doubt speculate that this is perhaps a result that suits UEFA down to the ground too, as losing three of Europe's most prestigious and best-supported teams would have been a blow to Europe's elite club competition.
The Premier League have announced their punishment for the six English sides involved in the doomed project with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham hit with a combined £22 million fine.
The reaction of many football fans is that the sum - just over £3.6 million per club - is a tiny amount for the clubs involved.
However money raised by the fine will be invested into grassroots football and, if any of the six clubs sign up for a similar competition in future, then they could each be hit with a £20 million fine and face a 30-point deduction.
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