Despite most of the 12 founding clubs for the European Super League having withdrawn, they will still be punished.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has announced all 12 clubs involved in the aborted European Super League will face sanctions.
All six English clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham – withdrew their involvement as founding members of the breakaway competition last week following strong backlash from football fans and renowned figures alike.
Three other sides in Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and AC Milan have since pulled out themselves.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus are only three founding clubs left to have not abandoned the project.
"The clubs can't leave."
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But Ceferin was pleased to see the English clubs pull out and apologize for their actions, suggesting they may face a more lenient punishment compared to the rest.
“Let’s see. Everyone has to take consequences for what they did and we cannot pretend nothing happened,” the UEFA president told the Mail.
“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.”