According to ESPN information, UEFA is considering severely sanctioning clubs that have not completely abandoned the Super League project. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus Turin and AC Milan would risk a two-year suspension in the Champions League.
They should not escape sanctions. And they could be heavy. According to ESPN information, clubs that have not officially withdrawn from the Super League could be deprived of the Champions League or the Europa League for two years. In recent days, UEFA has spoken with the 12 teams, among the richest in Europe, who had decided to embark on this semi-closed competition project. Objective: to promise them a lesser sanction in exchange for a clear and clean withdrawal from the Super League.
Agreements have been found with seven clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Atlético. Discussions would also be well advanced with Inter, while Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan remain true to their positions.
UEFA wants to avoid a legal battle
These four die-hards, convinced of being in a strong position against UEFA, would not be determined to throw in the towel. According to ESPN, they believe the project will only be dead if nine of the twelve clubs pull out. This is why UEFA is doing everything to convince the coup plotters to back down, also in the hope of avoiding a legal battle which could be very long. UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin recently hinted that he wanted to take a case-by-case approach with the remaining dissident clubs. “Everyone has to suffer the consequences of what he has done and we cannot pretend that nothing has happened,” he told the Mail on Sunday at the end of April, putting aside the six English clubs , as they were the first to drop out of the Super League.
“For me there is a big difference between the English clubs and the other six. They retired first, they admitted their mistake,” he said. They can still expect sanctions, especially financial, even if Ceferin did not want to detail the range of possible sanctions. “Everyone will be held responsible (…) Will it be disciplinary? Will it be by a decision of the executive committee? We will see. It is too early to say,” he said. he indicates. For the others (Real, Barcelona, Juve and Milan), UEFA would therefore consider a maximum penalty, namely a two-year suspension from the Champions League and the Europa League.
Gianni Infantino, the boss of Fifa, however called for caution this Wednesday in the columns of L’Equipe: “It is quickly said that it is necessary to punish. It is even popular – or populist – sometimes. (. ..) It is first for the national authorities, then for the Confederations, in this case UEFA, and only afterwards for FIFA to take the appropriate measures. “
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