UEFA could boot “Super League” clubs from European fixtures by Friday

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said that teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool should be “banned from all our competitions and the players from all our competitions” in a fierce backlash to the proposed Super League which could see the founding clubs ejected from this year’s Europa League and Champions League.

As four English clubs prepare for upcoming semi-finals in Europe, another UEFA chief, Jesper Moller, told Danish TV that the “clubs must go, and I expect that to happen on Friday.”

“Then we have to find out how to finish (this season’s) Champions League,” the ruling executive committee member claimed.

Ceferin also labelled Man Utd’s chairman Ed Woodward and the Juventus chairman as “liars”, saying UEFA now knows they have “snakes close to us”.

“We are all united against this nonsense of a project,” Ceferin said.

“I cannot stress more strongly how everyone is united against these disgraceful, self-serving proposals, fuelled by greed above all else.”

As Leeds players warm-up in shirts saying “Football for the fans” and “Earn it on the pitch” last night against Liverpool, British prime minister Boris Johnson said he would do everything he could to give the “ludicrous” Super League proposal a “straight red” card.

“It is your game – and you can rest assured that I’m going to do everything I can to give this ludicrous plan a straight red,” he wrote in the Sun.

The 14 Premier League clubs not invited to take part in the Super League are thought to have had a private meeting yesterday to discuss their response to the plan, which could include deducting points from the six clubs involved.

Super League officials also launched legal proceedings yesterday to protect the project, as Ceferin and others threaten to have their players excluded from the upcoming Euro 2020 and World Cup.

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool make up the twelve founding clubs who would be joined by a further eight teams if the mid-week competition does go ahead.

President of the Super League, and the current president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez told Spanish media outlets that “we’re doing this to save football, which is in a critical moment.”

“The important clubs in England, Italy, and Spain must find a solution to a very bad situation that football is going through.

“The only way of making money from admissions is by making more competitive games that are more attractive, that fans around the world can see,” he claimed.

The project is to be underwritten by investment bank JP Morgan, reportedly to the tune of $6bn in loans for the clubs involved.

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