UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin spoke exclusively to the Daily Mail on Sunday in which he talked about harsh punishments for some of the founding Super League clubs, with ringleaders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus likely to feel it strongest.
“Let’s see. Everyone has to take consequences for what they did and we cannot pretend nothing happened,” he admitted. “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 [Atlético Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan] after them and then the ones [Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus] 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.” Ceferin’s response regarding the final three comes as Real Madrid’s Florentino Pérez, the chairman of The Super League, stood firm on his announcements that the 12 clubs were still bound by a contract to the breakaway project. Speaking exclusively to AS he said that the Super League initiative would still go ahead in some format. As well as stating how impressed he was with the response of football supporters to create such a ferocious backlash to the ESL plans, he also commended the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, and also politicians.