European soccer’s governing body UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation into Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over its attempts to launch a breakaway Super League.

The clubs are the only three of the original 12 which has not distanced themselves from the project following an outpouring of criticism.

“UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary inspectors have today appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project,” UEFA said in a statement.

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The Super League was launched with 12 clubs as founding members, but nine of them — Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid — has since backed out and reached…

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