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Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid To Be Removed From Champions League Semi-Finals

Alex Reid

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Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid To Be Removed From Champions League Semi-Finals

Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are expected to be expelled from the Champions League semi-finals this week due to their involvement in the new, Europe-wide Super League.

This will take place by Friday, 23 April, according to Jesper Moller, the Danish FA chairman and a UEFA ExCo member.

Moller told DR Sport that the clubs involved in breakaway group who remain in this season's Champions League are set to be removed from the competition.

"[Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea] are going out and I expect that to happen on Friday," he said. "And then you have to see how to finish the Champions League."

If that happened then Paris Saint-Germain would be the only club remaining in the competition, as they are due to play Manchester City in the semi-final stage, with Chelsea and Real Madrid supposedly facing off in the other tie.

UEFA are furious with the 12 clubs which have announced a breakaway Super League and promised to impose sanctions upon them.

However if Moller is to be believed, European football's governing body is prepared to take action this season by removing the three clubs that still remain in the 2020/21 Champions League.

What that means for Arsenal and Manchester United - two of the 12 Super League teams who are also involved in a UEFA competition via the Europa League - remains to be seen.

The announcement that six Premier League sides (Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham joining Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City), plus three teams from La Liga and three from Serie A were setting up their own European Super League has sent shockwaves through the sport.

The plan is for the competition to eventually involve 20 teams, but the clubs have had a backlash from UEFA and FIFA - as well as from football fans and senior figures within the game.

On Monday, the day after the shock announcement, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin came out swinging against the clubs who have signed up for the Super League.

"I was a criminal lawyer for 24 years but I've never, ever, seen people like that," Ceferin said during a press conference, before criticising Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli.

He went on to add: "We didn't know we had snakes working close to us, but now we know.

"I met many liars in football and many people I trust. If I mention a few. I trust the clubs from France and Germany, who resisted this temptation. Football is not all corrupt. Just a small part, led by greed and people who don't care about anything else."

Featured image credit: PA Images

Topics: Manchester City, European Super League, Chelsea, Champions League, Real Madrid

Alex Reid
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