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Agreement vs Ban: Future of the European Super League

As the ruling body discusses proposals to bar clubs participating in the European Super League bid out of its main tournaments, UEFA has reached an agreement with only the Premier League's big six.

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Last updated: 17.05.2021
Future of the European Super League | Sports Social Blog

As the ruling body discusses proposals to bar clubs participating in the European Super League bid out of its main tournaments, UEFA has reached an ‘agreement' with only the Premier League's big six. So over the past ten days, each one of the Premier League clubs included in the now-defunct Super League plans – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham – has held talks with UEFA about future penalties for the clubs involved. The ultimate sanction under UEFA's regulatory mechanism is a two-year suspension from the Champions League and Europa League, although Premier League clubs have reached a deal with the ruling body to receive a reduced penalty in exchange for a "formal definitive pledge not to join the Super League."

Inter Milan is keen to join those aforementioned seven clubs, while Atletico Madrid has also reached a deal with UEFA. However, AC Milan – who initially expressed an interest but have yet to strike a deal with UEFA –, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have not adequately distanced themselves from the Super League plan and can now face the full penalty. Following the failure of the Super League, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin addressed possible penalties, implying that any of the teams involved would face some type of penalty, though he hinted at harsher sanctions for those clubs that have not completely abandoned the project.

Ceferin said in a presser: “For me, it’s a clear difference between the English clubs and the other six,” Ceferin said. “They pulled out first; they admitted they made a mistake.

“For me, there are three groups of this 12 — the English six, who went out first, then the other three [Atletico Madrid, Milan and Inter] after them and then the ones who feel the Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists [Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus]. And there is a big difference between those. But everyone will be held responsible. In what way, we will see.”

Now it is to see what are the sanctions that UEFA decides to charge the 12 clubs with and if Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus face any adverse effects due to their continuous support for the League, even though all the English teams have pulled out some time ago. The other 9 clubs would still face some backlash due to their initial approval of the thing.

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