The UEFA president has spoken on the European Super League and the consequences that the players could suffer.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has announced any footballer who takes part in the European Super League will be banned from representing their national teams.
This includes the European Championship and the World Cup itself.
Ceferin made this threat after 12 clubs from England, Spain, and Italy confirmed their involvement in the European Super League on Sunday.
UEFA President Alexander Ceferin: "The greatest sport is based on open competition, integrity & sporting merit & we will never allow that to change. This idea is a spit in the face of all football lovers & our society. We must not let them take it away from us" #SuperLeague
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) April 19, 2021
The rogue competition has been widely condemned across the football world. In fact, Ceferin described it as a ‘spit in the face’ for the sport.
“The players that play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros,” said the UEFA president as per Goal.
“We will take all the sanctions that we can.”
Ceferin made this threat after a UEFA Executive Committee meeting on Monday afternoon.
The 12 rogue clubs have already informed Ceferin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino of plans to start legal action to fend off threats aimed at blocking the European Super League.
American bank JPMorgan Chase, meanwhile, will fund the competition of around €4 billion ($5.5 billion).
Should everything go to plan, these teams will have a spot in the Super League guaranteed for every season. It won’t matter any longer where they finish in their respective league.
Alexander Ceferin will meet legals to decide about sanctions for the clubs involved in UCL and Europa League this season.
“We will try to use all the sanctions against the #SuperLeague clubs. As soon as possible they have to be BANNED from all our competitions, players too”. 🚨
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 19, 2021
Ceferin added: “I cannot stress more strongly at this moment that UEFA and the football world stand united against the disgraceful self-serving proposal by a few clubs motivated by greed.
“We are all united against this nonsense of a project.”