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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Warns Breakaway Clubs of Punishment for Joining European Super League

Aleksander Ceferin said all 12 rebel clubs will be hit with sanctions for their role in the ESL
Aleksander Ceferin said all 12 rebel clubs will be hit with sanctions for their role in the ESL / ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/Getty Images

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted that the 12 founding members of the European Super League will be punished for their involvement, and could be banned from participating in the Champions League next season.

However, he also suggested that the Premier League 'Big Six' — Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Manchester United — could be treated more leniently as they were the first to pull out of plans for the competition.

But Ceferin compared Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus to 'flat Earthers', who believe that the ESL project can still be revived, despite being the only remaining clubs yet to pull support for the league.

"Let’s see," Ceferin told the Mail on Sunday. "Everyone has to take consequences for what they did and we cannot pretend nothing happened. You cannot do something like that and just say: 'I’ve been punished because everybody hates me.'

"They don’t have problems because of anyone else but themselves. It’s not OK what they did and we will see in next few days what we have to do. But for me it’s a clear difference between the English clubs and the other six. They pulled out first, they admitted they made a mistake. You have to have some greatness to say: 'I was wrong'.

"For me there are three groups of this 12 — the English Six, who went out first, then the other three [Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter] after them and then the ones who feel that Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists. And there is a big difference between those. But everyone will be held responsible. In what way, we will see.

"I don’t want to say disciplinary process but it has to be clear that everyone has to be held responsible in a different way. Is it disciplinary? Is it the decision of the executive committee? We will see. It’s too early to say."