UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted that he is not afraid to punish the rebel European Super League clubs.Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are...
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted that he is not afraid to punish the rebel European Super League clubs.
While declining to comment on UEFA’s ongoing disciplinary proceedings, Ceferin made his stance clear.
“First of all, I don't like to call this the Super League because it's anything but a Super League,” said the UEFA president. “For me this project is over, once and for all, or at least for 20 years.
“I can assure you the rules, disciplinary and others, will be the same for any club. If our disciplinary [chamber] sees a violation of our regulation, then any club will be punished.
“To speak about this case would be premature but Mr Moatti (Etienne Moatti, a journalist at L’Equipe) asked me a couple of days ago — can you punish big clubs? — we can, we can punish anyone who violate any of our regulations.”
In April, a Spanish court lifted measures that prevented the rebel clubs that want to create a European Super League competition from being punished by UEFA.
Their case is now being heard before the European Court of Justice, where they are awaiting a response to a query from a Spanish judge on whether UEFA is abusing its position of power.
“Here they claim we have a monopoly and I have said many times that nobody has to play in our competition,” added Ceferin, who was speaking at UEFA’s annual congress in Vienna. “No federation has to be a member of UEFA. They have all the rights to create their own UEFA, all the rights to create their own competitions.
“But under our regulations if you play in another competition you cannot play in our competition and this is far from being a monopoly.
“The problem is they do not want to play in any other competition. They just speak about something and go to court but want to play in our competition. This is a bit of a mess but we will sort it out.”UEFA not afraid to punish rebel Super League clubs - Ceferin - The Athletic View Story