Europe’s twelve biggest clubs are facing a ban from playing in their respective national leagues and other UEFA competitions after launching a breakaway European Super League on Sunday.
Six of the top English Premier League clubs – Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the teams that have signed up to the plans.
They are joined by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain, and Italian Serie A trio of Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
In a statement, UEFA warned the clubs that if they went ahead with their plans, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level. The Statement read:
UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.
If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.
We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this from happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.
As previously announced by FIFA and the six Confederations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.
We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up for this.
We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough.