UEFA boss: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have ‘PARALYSED themselves’ for Super League stance

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have ‘PARALYSED themselves’ in football for STILL wanting a European Super League, claims Aleksander Ceferin… as UEFA president prepares sanctions for the three breakaway teams 

  • Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus still want a European Super League 
  • The three clubs are the only teams still signed up to the breakaway project
  • UEFA could impose sanctions on the trio, including a Champions League ban 
  • The three teams have ‘paralysed themselves’, says UEFA’s Aleksander Ceferin
  • The UEFA chief said all three teams have asked to play in Europe next season

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admits he is baffled by Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid’s approach to the European Super League project, claiming they have ‘paralysed themselves’ in football.

The trio of clubs have yet to pull out of the now defunct breakaway league that saw 12 clubs threaten to form their own competition in place of UEFA’s current European competition set-up. 

The three teams published a press release last week criticising UEFA for opening up proceedings against the teams for failing to reject the Super League, with Ceferin claiming it is a ‘strange’ way to handle the situation.

Aleksander Ceferin is baffled by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus' Super League stance

Aleksander Ceferin is baffled by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus’ Super League stance

Barcelona and Real have said that they will not accept Super League sanctions with Juventus

Barcelona and Real have said that they will not accept Super League sanctions with Juventus

Barcelona and Real have said that they will not accept Super League sanctions with Juventus

Speaking about the three clubs, Ceferin told Sky Sports Italia: ‘They paralysed themselves with the approach they took. 

‘It’s strange to read press releases that the three clubs out of thousands of clubs think their idea will save football and nobody else likes it.’

The nine other European sides who signed up for the Super League, including all of England’s ‘Big Six’ clubs, pulled out of the project just 48 hours after its inception due to major backlash from fans and pundits. 

Juventus and the two Spanish clubs have yet to pull out of the Super League project

Juventus and the two Spanish clubs have yet to pull out of the Super League project

Juventus and the two Spanish clubs have yet to pull out of the Super League project

Barcelona, Real and Juventus are expected to receive strict sanctions from UEFA for maintaining their Super League stance, with a ban from the Champions League competition one of the options available to European football’s governing body. 

The press release submitted by the three clubs claimed the teams ‘will not accept any form of coercion or intolerable pressure’ or ‘a direct attack’ against the law while they try to debate the future of European football. 

Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed last week that the Catalans would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) should they be thrown out of the Champions League due to their stance.  

Ceferin has confirmed that all three clubs have applied to be in the Champions League next season despite their desire to set up a Super League, a move which the Slovenian football chief believes is hypocritical. 

Ceferin revealed all three clubs have asked to play in the Champions League next season

Ceferin revealed all three clubs have asked to play in the Champions League next season

Ceferin revealed all three clubs have asked to play in the Champions League next season

He added: ‘Our disciplinary committee is independent so the moment they start to work on a case, I don’t have a reach or information there. I don’t know when, if or how the sanctions would be. 

‘For me what is strange is that you publish you are still part of the Super League and then you send a letter applying to play in the Champions League.

‘So you are in Super League but play Champions League. It’s quite hard to understand what they mean. They should call us, send us a letter, ask for a meeting.

‘They just sent some press releases saying they want to have a dialogue. It’s quite a strange approach.’

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