UEFA has taken legal action to remove the judge from a Spanish court case that barred European football’s governing body from imposing sanctions on Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus for their involvement in the breakaway unhappy Super League.
The clubs were among the 12 “founding members” of the separatist league, which then collapsed.
UEFA will also appeal the court’s decision to ban the organization from taking disciplinary action against the three clubs.
The move also meant that UEFA’s deals with the other nine ESL clubs – including those in the Premier League – had been suspended. England clubs had agreed to a combined payment of £ 22million in June.
But after apparently withdrawing from his position on Monday night, UEFA is expected to take the case to a higher court and is also pushing for judge Manuel Ruiz de Lara to be challenged.
In a statement, UEFA said: “UEFA has filed a motion to challenge the judge presiding over the ongoing proceedings because they believe there are significant irregularities in these proceedings.
“In accordance with Spanish law – and in the fundamental interests of justice – UEFA fully expects the judge in question to step down immediately pending full and proper consideration of this request.”
It was announced on Monday that UEFA has ended their legal fight against Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid for their involvement in the breakaway competition.
But the move could eventually lead to a restart of disciplinary action against the three rebel clubs.
UEFA is hoping that a ruling by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg could support its attempts to ban Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus from the Champions League in the long term, as punishment for their breakaway attempt.