Players involved in the European Super League could be banned from ALL UEFA competitions and the World Cup… and could even miss Euro 2020, says UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin
- UEFA president refuses to rule out that bans could begin before the Euro 2020
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin reiterated on Monday that clubs and players involved in the proposed breakaway Super League could be banned ‘as soon as possible’ from all of its competitions and the World Cup.
Addressing an emergency meeting the day after 12 of Europe’s top clubs announced the Super League, Ceferin launched a scathing attack on the plan, which has been widely condemned across the game and beyond.
Ceferin refused to rule out that players could be banned from the Euros. When asked directly about when the ban would begin, he said: ‘I do not know when.’
He added: ‘We’re still assessing with our legal team but we will take all the sanctions that we can and we will inform you as soon we can,’ he said. ‘My opinion is that as soon as possible they have to be banned from all our competitions and the players from all our competitions.’
Ceferin described the European Super League as ‘spit in the face’ for football and society – and said former European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli was ‘the biggest disappointment’.
Liverpool and Tottenham are among six English teams to have agreed to the new project
He added: ‘I do not want to be too personal, but I have never seen a person who would lie so many time. It was unbelievable.’
ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli has been accused of lying to UEFA over the plans for a Super Leagues
He said the behaviour of the clubs behind the Super League plan was about ‘greediness, selfshness and narcissism’.
The meeting was supposed to be a celebration for Ceferin having finally forced through plans to expand the Champions League competition from 32 to 36 clubs, with 100 extra matches.
UEFA expected the reformed tournament to be a money-spinner, which would also controversially guarantee protected access for clubs with a history of success in Europe.
In the end, Ceferin was confirming his model of a competition, which will commence in 2024, that has been undermined long before it ever opens.
He added: ‘I cannot stress more strongly UEFA and the footballing world stand united against this self-serving proposal from a select few clubs.’
Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, is furious at clubs behind the European Super League
He said society, football and government were all ‘united against this nonsense of a project.
‘We are united in our opposition to these cynical plans.
‘We urge everyone to stand tall with us us
‘This idea is a spit in the face of all football layers and society as well. I wil not allow them to take [football] away from us.