Surprise .. a European retreat from punishing Barcelona, real and Juve
The European Football Association (UEFA) has suspended legal proceedings against Spain's Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, over their role in trying to launch the breakaway European "Super League" last month.
"The European Union's Appeals Body has decided to suspend the proceedings until further notice," UEFA said, without specifying the reasons.
These three teams held out when nine of the 12 clubs withdrew from the project and struck a deal with UEFA last month.
The six English teams reached a financial settlement with the Premier League earlier on Wednesday, with a total value of 22 million pounds ($31 million).
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham announced themselves as founding members of the competition in April, but the project quickly collapsed after widespread opposition.
They were later joined by Spain's Atlético Madrid and Italy's Inter and Milan when they agreed to forfeit five percent of their revenue from UEFA competitions for one season and pay 15 million euros ($18 million) in donations to support grassroots football and youth in Europe.
UEFA then announced that it would open formal disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for "a possible breach of the UEFA legal framework".
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