UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted that the Champions League semi-final, the first leg next week will not be in danger. “There is little chance that the matches will not play out, but in the future things will be different,” Ceferin said in an interview aired last night by Slovenian broadcaster Pop TV. “The bottom line is that the season has started. If we cancel the games, the channels will ask for compensation,” he said.
Immediately after the introduction of the Super League, UEFA threatened to be excluded from all national and international tournaments against 12 dissident clubs, three of which are still disputed in the current version of the Champions League (Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid). Madrid take on Chelsea on Tuesday, while Man City play at Paris SG on Wednesday, a club that remains loyal to UEFA.
Ceferin, who yesterday called for a “reconstruction” of European football, also warned that dissident clubs “would suffer the consequences” of their initiative, while suffering 10 out of 12 ‘founders’ clubs openly declined. The only ones who have yet to retreat are Real Madrid and Barcelona.
As for English clubs, “we will consider that they have admitted their mistakes,” Ceferin said. But if others “want to participate in our contests, they will have to contact us and we will have to resolve the issue,” he added, referring to the ongoing consultations with legal department of UEFA.
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