The three clubs currently pursued by UEFA are the last resistance among the 12 founders of the Super League project who refused to give up.
The proceedings are now active for “a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework,” he said on Tuesday.
UEFA’s statutes include a section on “prohibited groupings” of clubs or leagues forming without its authorization or outside its control.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin warned clubs last month that “if they say we’re a Super League, they won’t play in the Champions League, of course”.
UEFA have given no timeline for the expected disciplinary cases against the three who have all qualified on merit for the Champions League next season.
Any club ban – and the elevation of other Spanish and Italian teams to replace them – would likely result in appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and pressure to resolve cases ahead of next season’s European competitions.
The Champions League group stage draw will take place on August 26 and matches will start on September 14.
The nine clubs that have settled with UEFA are AC Milan, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as Champions League finalists Chelsea and Manchester City.
These clubs have agreed to UEFA’s terms of waiving 5% of their European competition prices for the 2022-2023 season and paying a total of 15 million euros ($ 18.4 million) as ” goodwill gesture ”for the benefit of children, young people and grassroots football.
For a legendary club, a successful Champions League season currently earns around 100 million euros ($ 122.5 million) in UEFA prizes.
The European Super League project was launched publicly late that night on April 18 and then imploded within 48 hours amid a furious backlash from fans and threats of legislation from the UK government.
The three resistance fighters have taken legal action in a court in Madrid against UEFA and FIFA, the world’s football governing body.