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‘SPITTING in the face of fans’: UEFA chief blasts ‘self-serving’ Super League rebels, says players will be BANNED if taking part

‘SPITTING in the face of fans’: UEFA chief blasts ‘self-serving’ Super League rebels, says players will be BANNED if taking part

UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has come out all guns blazing against controversial plans for a breakaway European Super League, reiterating that participating players would be banned from the European Championships and World Cup.

The news broke on Sunday night that 12 teams – including six from England, three from Spain, and three from Italy – had already signed up for the proposed new tournament which would be a clean break from the existing UEFA Champions League.

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Speaking on Monday, furious UEFA boss Ceferin described the much-maligned plans as a cynical, money-grabbing ploy from the owners and top brass at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

“I cannot stress more strongly how UEFA and the football world stand together against this disgraceful, self-serving project from a select few clubs in Europe, fueled by greed above all else,” Ceferin said.

"This idea is a spit in the face of all football lovers and our society as well. We must not let them take it [football] away from us."

He added: "The players who will play in teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from playing in World Cup and Euros... They could not represent national team in any matches."

Ceferin ripped into the plans on Monday. © Reuters

UEFA had already been planning reforms, defiantly announced on Monday, to expand the Champions League format from 32 to 36 teams, starting from the 2024-25 season. That move was part of a supposed bid to keep members of the European elite happy and boost revenues.

Instead, the UEFA boss now feels betrayed by "snakes" including the likes of Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli. 

Agnelli has resigned from the UEFA executive committee and as chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), after being one of the figures who cooked up the European Super League (ESL) plans supposedly behind Ceferin’s back.

Agnelli stands accused of knifing the UEFA boss in the back – despite Ceferin reportedly being godfather to one of the Italian businessman's children.  

Elsewhere, Ceferin reserved the same ire for Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has likewise resigned from his role with UEFA.

The Old Trafford club have quit the ECA, along with the other 11 ‘founding clubs’ of the Super League.

"UEFA distributes 90% of revenue back to the game – into the Children's Foundation, the women’s game and the youth. The Super League is only about money for the dozen. UEFA is about football. Unity doesn’t exist, only their pockets,” Ceferin fumed.

The UEFA chief thanked the likes of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron – both of whom have spoken out against the plans.  

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In joint statements, the 12 rebel clubs confirmed their scheme for the breakaway league, which is ultimately planned to feature 15 'founders' with permanent places in the competition, and spaces for five more clubs which would join annually on merit on an as-yet unclear basis.

The 20 teams would be divided into two leagues of 10 each season, with participants playing other teams in their league home and away. 

The top three teams in each league would then automatically progress to the quarter-finals, while the fourth- and fifth-placed teams would meet in playoffs to determine the other two quarter-finalists.

Teams would then play two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals, before a one-off final to determine the winner of each edition of the competition. 

Matches would be played midweek, with the teams hopeful of remaining in their domestic leagues, despite the threat from the likes of the English Premier League that any clubs involved in the ESL could be kicked out.

Defending the move, the 12 ESL clubs have claimed that it would lead to more money being distributed to European football through 'solidarity payments', while allowing bigger clubs to maximize revenues with their global audiences.

Those claims, however, have met fierce resistance from fan groups.

A number of clubs have declined to participate, including German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and French champions Paris Saint-Germain. 

It was confirmed on Monday that US investment bank JP Morgan Chase would finance the new league, reportedly to the tune of $6 billion just to set up the venture.

The 12 teams signed up to the Super League plans are Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.  

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