UEFA threatens Barca, R’Madrid and Juve
UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin has reiterated that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus could find themselves banned from participating in the Champions League if they continue to drive the foundation of a European Super League, with the governing body and three clubs waiting to hear the outcome of a Spanish court appeal.
In an interview, Caferin said “of course it is possible” that the La Liga pair and Serie A club would find themselves barred after a Madrid commercial court judge last month lifted an injunction. That decision is subject to an appeal from the clubs, meaning the saga will drag on. UEFA have previously said that the clubs could also be fined up to €100m (£85.4m).
“First, the decision can always be appealed,” Ceferin said. “When the process is over, we can act. It is possible to punish any club. Some doubt it. They are wrong. The rules are the same for everyone.
“And if I commented on what people say every day. They also complain that UEFA earns billions, while 93.5% of the income goes to the clubs. How do you explain this if no one is listening? Believe me or not but all clubs are treated the same, whether they are from Slovenia, my country, or whether they are big names in European football.
Asked if the three clubs could be suspended, Ceferin added: “Of course it is possible. But it is the [decision of the] UEFA disciplinary committee, which is independent.”
Also the warning comes after UEFA yesterday confirmed that it had ditched plans to award two Champions League places to clubs based on historical performances following a backlash from clubs and supporters who said it was a step towards a Super League. The governing body is holding its annual congress in Vienna and the decision came after fresh negotiations with the powerful European Clubs Association.
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