If UEFA follows through on its threat, players from clubs participating in the Super League could be banned from their squads. This would pose big problems to several nations qualified for the next Euro, such as the France team. But also Spain or England.
The French football team is often praised for its very rich pool of talent. A pool in which Didier Deschamps could draw soon, if some of his players were to be deprived of international competitions, due to their participation in the Super League. As in January, when Fifa and UEFA signed a joint statement criticizing any dissident project, football authorities threatened clubs and their players with exclusion from future competitions, including the Euro or the World Cup.
“The clubs concerned will be banned from participating in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams,” reiterates UEFA since Sunday. The France team would be heavily penalized, especially in midfield, Paul Pogba (Manchester United) and N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) both playing in England, not to mention Adrien Rabiot, who plays for Juventus Turin, the one of the few Italian clubs to be involved in the Super League.
Huge impact for Spain and England
Likewise deprived of many offensive elements (Giroud, Dembélé, Griezmann …), the France team would however have quality alternatives in this sector of play. The French attack line could be made up of Kylian Mbappé ( PSG), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) and Nabil Fekir, who is having a good season at Real Betis. Behind, Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) could slide in the axis to cover the post, in the absence of Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid) and Clément Lenglet (Barça), whose teams join the Super League.
As goalkeeper, Mike Maignan would be a more than honorable alternative, especially since the Lille performer in Ligue 1, and has already been dubbed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), the current holder of the post. In short, France could see it coming, and maintain a standing worthy of the greatest teams on the continent, even with so many absent.
England and Spain decimated
The situation is much more worrying for other major selections, such as England and Spain, which would find themselves decimated. And ultimately have quite a few survivors, unlike Germany, whose most of the players who make up the starting XI play in the Bundesliga, especially at Bayern Munich. Knowing that the German clubs refused the Super League.
This threat from UEFA would therefore be fraught with consequences since it would result in depriving the players concerned of any career in selection, even though the teams approached are full of internationals. It remains to be seen whether it complies with European competition law, which suggests a possible legal battle at the top.