UEFA president Ceferin casts doubt over Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea

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Ceferin says sanctions could be taken against the clubs involved in European Super League.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has said that the Champion League semi-final clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea could not happen due to their involvement in the European Super League.

Both clubs were part of the 12 founding members of the European Super League, a breakaway competition that sparked controversy.

However, Chelsea decided to pull out of the competition alongside several other clubs, bar Real Madrid and Barcelona – due to the outside pressure, which saw the newly proposed league go dormant.

Nonetheless, UEFA president Ceferin stated that the involved clubs could face the consequences, while also adding that there is a slight chance for the semi-final between the Blues and Real to be not played.

“The key is that this season has already started, so broadcasters would come at us for damages if we don’t play the semi-finals. 

“So, there’s a relatively small possibility that this match isn’t played next week.

“But, things could be a little different in the future.”

Even before the announcement of the Super League, UEFA teamed up with FIFA stated that legal actions would be taken against the founding members and to a greater extent, they could be banned from European and World Cup games.

Later, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, one who took up the chairman role of the Super League, claimed that the involving clubs wouldn’t be banned from playing in the Champions League and World Cup.

Perez also took a swipe at Ceferin that UEFA doesn’t need a president like him, to which he reacted: Well, that’s more incentive for me to stay.

“He wants a president who obeys whatever he says, who listens to him and who does what he thinks.

“I do what I think is good for European and world football.”