UEFA have reached an ‘agreement’ with the Premier League’s big six as the governing body considers plans to ban clubs involved in the European Super League proposal from its leading competitions.
Each of the Premier League sides involved in the controversial and now-defunct Super League plans – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – have held discussions with UEFA over the past 10 days over potential sanctions for the clubs involved in the plans.
According to ESPN, the maximum punishment under UEFA’s disciplinary pathway is a two-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League, though the Premier League sides have reached an agreement with the governing body to a lesser sanction and to ‘extract a formal definitive commitment not to pursue the Super League’.
Atletico Madrid have also reached an agreement with UEFA, whilst Inter Milan are reportedly close to joining the aforementioned seven clubs.
However, AC Milan – who did withdraw initial interest but are yet to reach an agreement with UEFA – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are yet to distance themselves sufficiently from the Super League proposal and could now face the maximum punishment.
Speaking following the collapse of the Super League, UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin discussed potential sanctions and suggested each of the clubs involved would face some form of punishment, though hinted at tougher sanctions for those yet to withdraw complete interest from the controversial project.
“For me it’s a clear difference between the English clubs and the other six,” Ceferin said. “They pulled out first; they admitted they made a mistake.
“For me, there are three groups of this 12 — the English six, who went out first, then the other three [Atletico Madrid, Milan and Inter] after them and then the ones who feel the Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists [Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus]. And there is a big difference between those. But everyone will be held responsible. In what way, we will see.”