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Clubs Could Still Face Two Year Champions League Ban Due to Super League

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Clubs Could Still Face Two Year Champions League Ban Due to Super League

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan could be banned from the Champions League for two years, if they continue to pull out of the European Super League.

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It's only two weeks since the much maligned Super League fell apart in almost as dramatic fashion as it came about, just days before the ending.

The Premier League's big six of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all pulled out on one night and it already feels like a relic of the past.

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Those teams could soon find themselves in big trouble, with UEFA reportedly looking at handing down strict punishment to any team still involved in the plans, according to ESPN.

The report claims that a maximum punishment of a two year ban from UEFA competition, including the Champions League, could be handed down.

Perez's refusal to give up on the Super League could see his club punished. Image: PA Images
Perez's refusal to give up on the Super League could see his club punished. Image: PA Images
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It goes on to say that after talks in the past two weeks with the 12 clubs, UEFA will agree a lesser sanction for those clubs which distance themselves from the Super League.

That would currently be the six English sides as well as Atletico Madrid, whilst Inter Milan, fresh from winning their first Serie A title in 10 years, are expected to join them.

If that happens then it would leave Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli's teams, two of the most vocal advocates of the project, as well as Barca and AC Milan as the only remaining committed teams.

Those clubs could be in breach of UEFA's Article 51 which says, "No combinations or alliances between... clubs affiliated, directly or indirectly, to different UEFA Member Associations may be formed without the permission of UEFA."

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Agnelli (right) and his Juventus team aren't guaranteed Champions League football next season. Image: PA Images
Agnelli (right) and his Juventus team aren't guaranteed Champions League football next season. Image: PA Images

ESPN also claim that they've been told if nine of the 12 clubs initially involved in the Super League pull out then the project would be terminated, as per the club's own agreement for the competition.

The European football governing body are working on clubs slowly to see the project ended, which is why Inter may be next to go.

It also explains why the likes of Agnelli and Perez are refusing to officially call an end to things, as they could still point to their contracts whilst four or more clubs remain.

Topics: European Super League, Football, Juventus, Champions League, Real Madrid

Ryan Sidle
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