UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin reiterated on Monday that any players involved in the proposed breakaway Super League will be banned from the World Cup and European Championships.
The Slovenian pulled no punches in an extraordinary media briefing, which came after 12 of European football’s biggest clubs announced on Sunday their intention to form a breakaway competition.
UEFA and the footballing world stand united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposal we have seen in the last 24 hours from a select few clubs in Europe that are fuelled purely by greed.
As previously announced by FIFA and the six (continental) federations, the players who will play in teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros, so they will not be able to represent their national teams at any matches."
The 53-year-old thanked European leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, who have voiced their disapproval of the planned League.
“Super League is only about money, money of the dozen, I don’t want to call them dirty dozen – but UEFA is about developing football, and about financing what should be financed, that our football, our culture, survives – and some people don’t understand it.
“Solidarity is something that stays forever. For some people, solidarity doesn’t exist. Unity doesn’t exist. The only thing that exists is their pockets. Ultimately, we believe that these changes and the support structure we are implementing can protect what our sport is all about,” Čeferin added.
UEFA on Monday voted to approve new plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League to kick-in from the 2024-25 season.
The total number of teams participating will increase from 32 to 36 with the traditional group stage being remodelled into to a single league stage.