Ceferin spoke following a UEFA government committee assembly held solely hours after the English, Italian and Spanish golf equipment introduced the venture that threatens to separate European soccer.
“They will not be able to represent their national teams at any matches,” Ceferin stated. “UEFA and the footballing world stand united against the disgraceful self-serving proposal we have seen in last 24 hours from a select few clubs in Europe that are fueled purely by greed above all else.”
UEFA’s 55 member federations are gathering for an annual assembly on Tuesday, together with 24 nations which can be taking part in in Euro 2020.
“My opinion is that as soon as possible they (the clubs) have to be banned from all our competitions, and the players from all our competitions,” Ceferin stated.
Three of the 12 rebels – Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid – are scheduled to play within the Champions League semifinals this month.
Earlier, the 12 golf equipment planning to start out the breakaway Super League instructed the leaders of FIFA and UEFA that they’ve begun authorized motion geared toward keeping off threats to dam the competitors.
The letter was despatched by the group to Ceferin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino saying the Super League has already been underwritten by funding of 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) from American financial institution JPMorgan Chase.
Currently, groups must qualify every year for the Champions League via their home leagues, however the Super League would lock in 15 locations each season for the founding members. The seismic transfer to shake up the game is partly engineered by the American homeowners of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, who additionally run franchises in closed U.S. leagues – a mannequin they’re attempting to duplicate in Europe.
UEFA warned the Super League golf equipment, together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, that authorized motion can be taken towards them and stated in addition they can be barred from present home competitions just like the Spanish league and the Premier League.
“We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any participating club or player from their respective competitions,” the Super League golf equipment wrote to Infantino and Ceferin in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
“Your formal statement does, however, compel us to take protective steps to secure ourselves against such an adverse reaction, which would not only jeopardize the funding commitment under the Grant but, significantly, would be unlawful. For this reason, SLCo (Super League Company) has filed a motion before the relevant courts in order to ensure the seamless establishment and operation of the Competition in accordance with applicable laws.”
The courts weren’t named.
“It is our duty, as SLCo’s board members, to ensure that all reasonable actions available to protect the interests of the Competition and our stakeholders are duly taken, given the irreparable damage that would be suffered if, for any reason, we were deprived of the opportunity to form promptly the Competition and distribute the proceeds of the Grant,” the Super League letter continued.
The Super League intends to launch a 20-team competitors with 15 founding members however solely 12 have at present signed up. The others are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham from England, Atletico Madrid from Spain, and AC Milan and Inter Milan from Italy.
The breakaway was launched simply as UEFA thought it had settlement on an enlargement of the Champions League from 2024. Now, the identical officers who backed the plans have determined to go it alone whereas claiming the prevailing competitions could stay – regardless of shedding their most profitable groups, together with file 13-time European champion Real Madrid and six-time winner Liverpool.
“The Competition is to be played alongside existing domestic league and cup competitions, which are a key part of European football’s competitive fabric,” reads the Super League letter to Infantino and Ceferin. “We do not seek to replace the UEFA’s Champions League or the Europa League but to compete with and exist alongside those tournaments.”