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UEFA cant kick them out… yet
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal fans can rest easy, briefly, regarding their involvement in this season’s UEFA competitions.
With the announcement of the breakaway European Super League, the immediate response from the current governing bodies was regarding the possible expulsion from competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League.
Aleksander Čeferin, the president of UEFA, said that they would look to impose sanctions as quickly as possible.
“We’re still assessing with our legal team but we will take all the sanctions that we can and we will inform you as soon we can,” he said.
NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)
“My opinion is that as soon as possible they have to be banned from all our competitions and the players from all our competitions.”
However, whilst this may take place, it seems that legally it will have to wait until next season. Goal Espana spoke to Juan de Dios Crespo, an expert lawyer in sports law, who has had previous workings with clubs such as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
He said that with the clubs admitted into this season’s competition they cannot be kicked out. But that next year, they could be prevented from entering.
“In the Regulations of the Champions League, as in that of the Europa League, there is an admission procedure, with established criteria. Some of them may not be expelled, but may not be allowed in. Once they are here this year, they cannot kick them out, it would be for next year at most,” he said.
The four English clubs, plus Real Madrid, should therefore seemingly enjoy their inclusion whilst it lasts.
Playing at international level
Crespo was asked whether UEFA and the other authorities had the power to stop players of the clubs playing for their countries and it certainly appears that his is the case.
“UEFA is made up of the national associations and if the players are not registered with the federation, because they play non-national competitions, then they would not be able to play for their national teams,” he said.
“If these clubs are expelled from national competitions, that would mean that players would not be able to play for their national teams as they were not registered.”
The players, it turns out, could not even appeal this process and Crespo went as far as to say they have no rights.
“If what I say in the previous question happens, the players would not have any rights.”
Will the threat of no international football be enough to stop players going along with the plan? As is with this situation, only time will tell.