Monday April 19 2021
Ceferin: 'Players will be banned from the World Cup and Euros'

The UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he has 'never seen a person lie as much' as Juventus patron Andrea Agnelli and confirmed players who participate in the Super League will be banned from international competitions.

Last night 12 clubs announced a breakaway tournament called the European Super League and the initiative has been condemned by fans, federations and national leader.

The UEFA and FIFA immediately opposed the European giants, who are trying to form their own Super League.

Ceferin attended an online conference in Switzerland and said all the European football associations are ‘united against this nonsense of a project’.

"I cannot stress more strongly at the moment that UEFA and the football world stand together alongside this disgraceful, self-serving project from a select few clubs in Europe fuelled by greed above all else," Ceferin said.

"This idea is a spit in the face of all football lovers and our society as well. We must not let them take it away from us.

"Not only the football world, but society and governments are united. It's part of our culture. We are all united against this nonsense of a project.

"We have the English FA, Spanish Federation, Italian Federation, the Premier League. La Liga, Serie A and FIFA, unanimous in opposition to these cynical plans which are completely against what football should be.

"The greatest sport is based on open competition, integrity and sporting merit and we will never allow that to change."

Ceferin confirmed that players participating in the European Super League would be banned from participating in international tournaments, including the European Championships and the World Cup.

"The players who will play in teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from playing in World Cup and Euros," Ceferin added. "They could not represent national team in any matches."

FIFPro, on the other hand, has released a statement revealing they will ‘vigorously oppose measures by either side that would impede the rights of players, such as exclusion from their national team’.

Ceferin couldn’t hide his disappointment with Juventus patron Andrea Agnelli, who resigned from his post at ECA yesterday.

“He’s probably the biggest disappointment of all, I don’t want to be too personal. But the fact is I’ve never seen a person lie so many times, so persistently,” Ceferin continued.

“That he did was unbelievable. I spoke with him on Saturday afternoon. He says, ‘These are only rumours. Don’t worry, nothing is going on.’

“And then he said, ‘I’ll call you in one hour. And he turned off the phone. Next day, we get the announcement.’

“I’ve seen many things in my life but not a situation like that. Obviously, greediness is so strong that all the human values evaporate.”