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Super League: the gorgers protected by Swiss justice?
© AI / REUTERS / PANORAMIC A victory for the closing clan? According to the Cadena Ser , the Swiss Ministry of Justice informed UEFA and FIFA that Real Madrid, Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona, last clubs to cling to the dead-born project of Super League, do not can not be sanctioned.
, and have been admitted to next season's Champions League despite their involvement in the proposed breakaway project.
Admission letters have been sent to all Champions League participants, European football's governing body UEFA has said.
Disciplinary proceedings against Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid over their involvement in the proposed Super League have been suspended by UEFA's independent appeals body.
UEFA opened a probe against the three clubs but last week it suspended proceedings after being notified by the Swiss authorities of a court order from the commercial court in Madrid obtained by the legal entity European Super League Company SL.
Varane Agace The Real Madrid
The Real Madrid made a nice proposal to the French defender, whose answer is long. © Panoramic Raphaël Varane can leave Real Madrid proposed to Raphael Varane to extend his contract, but the club has not yet received an answer from the French central defender. The 28-year-old player, who has a contract until June 2022, won everything in Real Madrid and sparked the interest of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
'Admission letters have been sent to all clubs participating in next season's UEFA club competitions today,' UEFA said on Tuesday.
However, UEFA insists it sees the suspension in proceedings against the clubs as temporary.
Gallery: Premier League's Big Six: Conte in talks to become Tottenham manager and Abramovich wants Lukaku (Daily Mail)
MANCHESTER UNITED FANS' CLUB OWNERSHIP HOPES SUFFER BLOW: Football fans hoping that a German-style ownership model can be adopted to curtail the power of private investors have suffered a setback. English fans rallied in their support of the Bundesliga’s ‘50+1’ rule in the aftermath of the failed European Super League project in April, with Manchester United supporters particularly vocal in support of the German structure. Under the system, which has been in force in Germany’s Bundesliga since 1999, members have controlled 50 per cent of the votes plus one in the clubs' parent companies, limiting the power of private investors.
However, following a four-year investigation, the Bundeskartellamt, which is the equivalent to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, finally issued a complex decision that may have far-reaching consequences. The Bundeskartellamt said that the ‘50+1’ rule restricts competition, under European law, but this can be allowed because the German football league is using the rule to ‘maintain the club character of the sport and ensure a certain even balance in sports competition’. The issue for the German league, however, is that the Bundeskartellamt found the application of the 50+1 rule ‘problematic’ since it allows three clubs exemptions – Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim – while forcing the others to comply. This could open the door to challenges from the other clubs, who may also demand exemptions.
HARRY MAGUIRE HANDS ENGLAND A EURO 2020 BOOST: Harry Maguire has revealed his ankle injury is 'improving and getting better' as he fights to be fit for England's European Championship campaign. The 28-year-old central defender has been sidelined since picking up the knock during Manchester United's Premier League win at Aston Villa on May 9. He missed United's defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final last week and England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted it will be a 'tight' call on whether Maguire can be involved at Euro 2020, with the Three Lions kicking off their group games against Croatia on June 13.
MANCHESTER CITY CHAIRMAN VOWS TO SIGN TOP STRIKER TO REPLACE AGUERO: Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has promised to sign a top striker to replace Sergio Aguero this summer. Tottenham's Harry Kane and Erling Haaland, of Borussia Dortmund, are on City's list of targets after club record goal scorer Aguero joined Barcelona as a free agent. They are also pursuing a £100m deal for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, as first revealed by Sportsmail in March.
In his end-of-season address, Khaldoon warned that City will not sit on their laurels after reclaiming the Premier League title, and insisted that money will be made available for Pep Guardiola to strengthen the squad. 'We lose a very important legend in Sergio Aguero,' said Khaldoon. 'Very hard shoes to fill, but I'm confident that we will find the right player to fill those shoes.'
AGUERO HANDED OUT RAFFLE TICKETS TO STAFF TO WIN THE RANGE ROVER HE LEFT BEHIND: Sergio Aguero showed his generosity by splashing the cash on Manchester City's staff before leaving for Barcelona. The Argentine made sure to thank all of the people who helped him during his decade at the club, which saw him win 15 trophies including five Premier League titles. According to The Athletic, the striker gave every member of City's staff a raffle ticket for his £40,000 Range Rover and bought each of them either a Hublot or Tag Heuer watch which had the words 'Gracias! Kun Aguero' engraved.
A member of City's kit team won the luxury car while each watch is thought to have cost at least £1,000 with the Tag Heuer Formula 1 model priced between £1,200 and £1,650. The report states that the 32-year-old contributed a significant amount to a pot of money which the squad hand over to support staff twice a year. City's record goalscorer will join Barca when his contract expires at the end of this month but he was officially unveiled at the Nou Camp on Monday.
ABRAMOVICH 'IS PERSONALLY DRIVING CHELSEA'S BID TO RE-SIGN LUKAKU': Chelsea's bid to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge is being personally led by owner Roman Abramovich, according to reports. The Belgian forward left the club for Everton in 2014 after failing to break through into the first team, and has since proven himself as one of the best strikers in world football after moving on to Manchester United and Inter Milan.
ANTONIO CONTE IN TALKS TO BECOME TOTTENHAM'S NEW MANAGER: Tottenham have held initial talks with Antonio Conte about their vacant head coach position, with the Italian emerging as a strong contender for the position. Spurs are still without a manager despite sacking Jose Mourinho on April 19 having missed out on appointing their top two targets Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers. It is understood initial contact between former Chelsea manager Conte and Tottenham has taken place with both parties believed to be open to a deal.
Daniel Levy is understood to be behind the prospect of appointing Conte, despite his history with Tottenham's arch rivals. Spurs have also explored the possibility of bringing Mauricio Pochettino back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - but luring him from his current position at Paris Saint-Germain is proving complex. The French club insist Pochettino is staying and have even triggered an extra year on his contract adding another layer of difficulty in trying to extracting the Argentine from his current contract.
WIJNALDUM 'CANNOT DENY CONTACT' WITH BARCELONA OVER A FREE TRANSFER: Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly admitted he is in discussions with Barcelona over a summer move once his Liverpool deal expires at the end of June. Wijnaldum has already opted against penning a new deal at Anfield, claiming he needs a new challenge following five successful years on Merseyside where he has won the Champions League and the Premier League. Barcelona have been long time admirers of the midfielder and are in pole position to land the Dutchman this summer.
Wijnaldum is currently with the Holland national team ahead of Euro 2020, but when asked about his links with Barca he was quoted by Marca as saying: 'I cannot deny the contacts. I have just signed off from Liverpool and it is an interesting situation for many clubs.' According to the reports, the 30-year-old is ready to commit to a three year deal ending in 2034, which could be announced before the European Championship gets underway on June 11.
ARSENAL SCRAP PLAN TO SIGN BRENTFORD KEEPER DAVID RAYA: Arsenal have been forced to scrap plans to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya following the Bees Championship play-off final success. The Gunners have had their eyes on the stopper for most of the season, the player having been recommended by goalkeeping coach Inaki Ryan.
THE GUNNERS OPEN TALKS TO SIGN AJAX KEEPER ANDRE ONANA: Arsenal have held discussions over a cut-price move for Ajax keeper Andre Onana. The 25-year old was banned in February for a year after testing positive for Furosemide but is hopeful it will be reduced after lodging an appeal claiming he took his wife’s medication by mistake. Ajax have decided to sell as they failed to agree a new contract and his current deal runs out next summer. As a consequence, Arsenal believe they could sign him for around £7million.
As a result of his ban, Onana has not played competitive football since January 31 but still managed 27 appearances overall this season - contributing towards Ajax's Eredivisie league title win before veteran Maarten Stekelenburg took over. Onana and Ajax have both been fighting the punishment and have taken the case to the the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with an outcome expected this month. Reports had emerged last month that the ban could be reduced to just eight months - which would clear the way for Arsenal to snap him up and involved him in the early stages of next season.
The governing body claims there is extensive legal precedent that allows it to discipline clubs in these circumstances with parties having a right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
Everton 'add former Lyon boss Rudi Garcia' to managerial shortlist'
Everton have added former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia to their new manager shortlist after Carlo Ancelotti's shock departure to Real Madrid last week, according to reports.The Toffees have now spent over a week trying to find a replacement for the veteran Italian manager, who jumped ship to former club Real Madrid after 18 months in charge at Goodison Park.
But it will take time for both the legal wrangle between UEFA and the clubs, as well as any subsequent disciplinary process to be resolved.
'In reliance on the Court Order, the mentioned three clubs have sought to shield themselves from potential disciplinary consequences related to this so-called 'Super League' project,' said UEFA's statement.
'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.'
Juve, Barca and Real are the last of the 12 clubs who signed up to the Super League in April not to have distanced themselves from the breakaway project which unravelled when all six English clubs plus Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid withdrew.
Why Barcelona want Manchester City to be their feeder club
PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: Manchester City are the new Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain are the same old PSG as always. They are the conclusions of the first few days of Barcelona's summer.Arsenal were once the Premier League club that sold most players to Barcelona. Now it seems City are ready to replace them, with Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia having already arrived at the Nou Camp and Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling all linked in the last week too.
Super League founder and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said earlier this month that the plan to create a breakaway league was not a coup but a way to save the football industry, which has been hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Juve qualified for the Champions League on the final day of last season's Serie A campaign and have since changed coaches, with Massimiliano Allegri back for a second spell in place of Andrea Pirlo.
Real Madrid will also have a different face in the dug-out for 2021-22 with Carlo Ancelotti returning to the Santiago Bernabeu to replace Zinedine Zidane.
Juventus 'to bid £26million plus Radu Dragusin' for Manuel Locatelli .
Juventus are preparing an offer of £26million plus teenage centre-back Radu Dragusin for the 23-year-old Sassuolo midfielder, according to reports, who has become a new hero in Italy.The midfielder has caught the eye at Euro 2020 this summer and scored twice in the Azzurri's 3-0 win over Switzerland earlier this week which qualified Roberto Mancini's side for the last-16.