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Why La Liga won't be banning Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid

Ross Jackson
Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will not be banned from La Liga
Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will not be banned from La Liga / Visionhaus/Getty Images

La Liga will not expel Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid because they consider the controversial Super League to be 'dead on arrival'.

The recently announced Super League has rocked football to the core, with fans all over the world voicing their displeasure at the idea of a closed-off rival competition to the UEFA endorsed Champions League.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been announced as chairman of the league in which 20 teams will take part, though 15 of said teams will be classed as founder members and will not face the risk of demotion.

Alongside Perez's Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid make up the Spanish contingent who've expressed a desire to join the league and - despite the Premier League's condemnation of the plans following the interest of six English sides - COPE report that all three sides will not be expelled from their domestic league despite wanting to participate in the breakaway competition.

La Liga reportedly believe the concept was 'born dead' and therefore see no reason to force such sanctions upon their biggest players.

A whole host of punishments have already been touted for players who participate in the league, with expulsion from this season's Champions League as well as future UEFA and FIFA events just one of them.

Perez moved to dispel such rumours when he appeared on El Chiringuito TV on Monday night, claiming the players have nothing to worry about.

"The players should remain calm [after threats from UEFA about being able to play in any UEFA sanctioned competition] because the threats won't happen," he said. "But those who run the monopolies at UEFA have to be transparent. UEFA doesn't have a good image.

"They are not going to kick us, Manchester City or Chelsea out of the Champions League, we're completely safe."

Despite Perez's attempt to settle the nerves of the clubs and players involved, reports have suggested that two English sides are already close to 'losing their nerve' over the agreement.