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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Admits Super League Clubs Must Now ‘Suffer the Consequences’

President Ceferin warns Super League clubs to ‘realise their mistake’
President Ceferin warns Super League clubs to ‘realise their mistake’ / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

UEFA president Alexander Ceferin has insisted that clubs who were a part of the European Super League will be dealt with accordingly, but admitted that Barcelona's involvement in the proposal disappointed him the least.

Former Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu kicked off discussions about a new league while he was still at the club, leading to the Blaugrana joining Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter, Milan, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City in breakaway plans.

All, except four clubs, have made a U-turn and backed out of supporting the new competition, but Ceferin has claimed that they won't get away scot-free and will face sanctions for their involvement in the plans. He told 24ur, "I would say that the English clubs have made a very good decision and we will take that into account."

He added, "They admitted their mistake and realised they were wrong. We all make mistakes. In a way, I was disappointed with everyone, but I must say that maybe Barcelona are the ones that disappointed me the least. [President Joan] Laporta was elected very recently and I spoke to him two or three times. He was under great pressure due to the financial situation he inherited."

Ceferin then explained, "This happens when you overpay some players and don’t get a result. Look at Bayern Munich: they have no debts and have won the Champions League. I was in constant contact with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Borussia Dortmund’s Joachim Watzke. They helped me a lot, as well as [PSG] President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who logically should have been one of the first to take part in the Super League."

While no decision has been made yet on a punishment, Ceferin admitted he will take it into consideration, and added: "We will talk about football, but in the meetings, I will decide who sits next to me. So, I can put someone a little further away."

He concluded, "If these clubs want to play in our competition again, they will have to get close to us and we will have to evaluate what happened, but I don’t want to go into details as we are still talking to our legal team."