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UEFA to Ban Three European Heavyweights From Champions League

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has hinted that three European heavyweights Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus could be banned from the Champions League next season over plans to stage the European Super League.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still keen on the idea of actualising the European Super League.

The plan was first put forward last year and nine out of the 12 responsible teams withdraw after a huge backlash.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still involved, but last week a Madrid court lifted an injunction on UEFA which means the footballing governing body are free to sanction the three clubs.

The decision is subject to an appeal from the clubs, but Ceferin didn’t rule out banning Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus from UEFA Champions League.

Ceferin told French newspaper L’Equipe: “First, the decision can always be appealed. When the process is over, we can act.

“It is possible to punish any club… Some doubt it. They are wrong. The rules are the same for everyone.

“And if I commented on what people say every day. They also complain that UEFA earns billions, while 93.5 per cent of the income goes to the clubs. How do you explain this if no one is listening?”

“Believe me or not, but all clubs are treated the same, whether they are from Slovenia, my country, or whether they are big names in European football.”

Ceferin was then directly quizzed on the prospect of excluding Real, Barcelona and Juventus from UEFA competitions.

And he admitted: “Of course it is possible. But it is the decision of the UEFA Disciplinary Committee, which is independent.”

Real Madrid are 13 times Champions League winners and face Liverpool in the final on May 28th.

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