Champions League

Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid Could be Banned from Playing in Champions League This Season

Apr 20, 2021, 5:00 PM GMT+5:30
Real Madrid could be banned from playing in Champions League semi-finals after signing up for European Super League
Real Madrid could be banned from playing in Champions League semi-finals after signing up for European Super League | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid have been hit with a warning that their participation in the European Super League (ESL) will lead to their expulsion from the Champions League.

The three heavyweights are in the semi-finals of this season's competition, but are also among 12 founders of the breakaway Super League, with fellow clubs, Arsenal and Manchester United, vying for a spot in the Europa League final.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has also threatened to ban players who participate in the ESL, and now, UEFA executive committee member Jesper Moller - also head of the Danish FA - wants to see the clubs "thrown out" of this season's continental competition.

Speaking to Danish broadcaster DR, Moller said: "There is an extraordinary executive meeting on Friday where I expect the 12 clubs to be thrown out. I think that we, who love football, have had it. Someone has to draw the line and find out which way the clubs should go. We owe it to our fans and everyone who loves football."

"The clubs should be thrown out and I expect it to happen on Friday. Then we will see how the Champions League will finish. I don't think they can do it to the fans and to everyone who loves football. During the weekend, some people negotiated with the other side, which is not fair to the president of UEFA and those who have spent time on the Champions League model in the past years. They can't do that. There have to be some consequences, and, this time, I think there will be."

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who is also the president of the ESL, laughed off Ceferin's threats, and said: "Every player can be calm because that’s not going to happen. They won’t be banned if they join the Super League. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea will not be banned from the Champions League or domestic leagues. Impossible, I can assure you of that. 100 per cent, it won’t happen, the law protects us. This is impossible."