UEFA president claims Spurs will face ‘consequences’ for ESL debacle

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UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and the eleven other clubs who signed up for the European Super League, will face some form of punishment for their actions.

All of England’s ‘big six’ clubs, including Spurs, pulled out of the breakaway league after a wave of protests from fans and they were soon followed by Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to claim that the idea has legs, with Los Blancos supremo Florentino Perez even insisting that clubs who signed up for the Super League cannot withdraw due to contractual obligations.

Ceferin insisted that the clubs who sought to break away cannot be allowed to escape without punishment.

He told The Daily Mail: “Everyone has to take consequences for what they did and we cannot pretend nothing happened.

“You cannot do something like that and just say ‘I’ve been punished because everybody hates me’.

“They don’t have problems because of anyone else but themselves. It’s not OK what they did and we will see in next few days what we have to do.”

However, Ceferin did admit that there will be a difference in the way UEFA deals with the six English clubs, the three who withdrew shortly after and the three who remain in the competition.

The UEFA president compared the executives of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus to flat-earthers for their insistence that the idea of the Super League is still alive.

He added: “For me, it’s a clear difference between the English clubs and the other six. They pulled out first, they admitted they made a mistake. You have to have some greatness to say ‘I was wrong’.

“For me, there are three groups of this 12 – the English six, who went out first, then the other three [Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter] after them and then the ones who feel that Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists.

“And there is a big difference between those. But everyone will be held responsible. In what way, we will see.

“I don’t want to say disciplinary process but it has to be clear that everyone has to be held responsible in a different way. Is it disciplinary? Is it the decision of the executive committee? We will see. It’s too early to say.”

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Some seem to think that points deductions and sanctions would be unfair on the fans as they had no part to play in the Super League decision. However, that argument ignores the fact that there has been a long precedent for clubs being punished for the behaviour of their owners, as is the case when clubs go into administration.

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