What punishment could European Super League participants face?

Since news broke last night about the creation of the Super League – with 12 founding clubs already confirmed – there has plenty of talk about the sanctions that participating clubs could face.

The Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A and UEFA have released strongly worded statements about the proposals, whilst leading figures in the football world have spoken out.

Here’s what we know so far about any possible sanctions the clubs and players could face:

Potential ban from international tournaments for players

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said this afternoon that all players participating in the Super League should be barred from World Cups and European Championships.

“We’re still assessing with our legal team but we will take all the sanctions that we can and we will inform you as soon we can,” he said. “My opinion is that as soon as possible they have to be banned from all our competitions and the players from all our competitions.”

Potential ban from domestic leagues

In a joint statement published before the official announcement of the Super League, the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and their respective footballing authorities the FA, the Royal Spanish Football Football Federation (RFEF) and Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said they would ban clubs from their domestic tournaments.

They said: “As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”

Possible removal from 2020/21 Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are set to compete in the Champions League semi-finals. The first legs take place on April 26 and 27.

However, out of those four clubs, only PSG are not involved in the Super League.

It has been reported that UEFA are looking at ways to ban the three other teams from the Champions League – and that could happen as soon as this season’s competition.

Champions League ‘badges of honour’ potentially stripped

It is also being reported that some inside UEFA want participating Super League teams to be stripped of their ‘badge of honour’.

The badge is given to teams that have won the Champions League five times overall, or three times consecutively.

Four Super League teams hold that badge – Real Madrid, AC Milan, Liverpool and Barcelona.

Real have won the most Champions League titles out of any team in European football, with 13 to their name.


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