May 12, 2021

UEFA chiefs ‘pushing for one-year European ban’ for Real Madrid and Juventus

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UEFA chiefs are reportedly pushing for Real Madrid and Juventus to be banned from European competitions for one year over their failed Super League proposal.

European football was rocked to its core when 12 leading clubs announced their intention to break away from UEFA competitions and form a new and exclusive Super League late on Sunday night.

Given founding-member clubs would be guaranteed entry year on year regardless of sporting achievements, the project was met with unparalleled fury and outrage throughout the continent.

Madrid president Florentino Perez was the driving force behind the Super League, while Juve owner Andrea Agnelli was also key.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin speaking at the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress
UEFA chiefs are reportedly pushing for Real Madrid and Juventus to be banned from European competitions for one year over their failed Super League proposal
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However, slowly but surely all but three of the clubs involved withdrew from the project on Tuesday and Wednesday amid a fierce backlash throughout Europe.

The Premier League’s Big Six sides were first to pull out, before Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan soon followed.

Madrid, Juve and Barcelona were the only three teams not to perform a drastic U-turn.

Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez poses upon arrival at the 2018 Ballon d'Or award ceremony
Madrid president Florentino Perez was the driving force behind the proposal
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And despite the Super League’s collapse, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has claimed that UEFA officials are still planning to punish Madrid and Juve for orchestrating the controversial plans.

It is believed they are pushing for a one-year ban from European competitions for both clubs, although there is a stronger desire within the committee for a “more inclusive policy”.

Juventus FC President Andrea Agnelli looks on prior to the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Juventus
Juve owner Andrea Agnelli was also key
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A potential suspension could plunge Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea into serious doubt ahead of the first leg next Tuesday.

And UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed that there’s still a chance next week’s showdown could be scrapped, saying via Marca: “The key is that this season has already started, so broadcasters would come at us for damages if we don’t play the semi-finals.

Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal during the Semi Final of the Emirates FA Cup match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Wembley Stadium on April 17, 2021 in London, England.
Madrid are due to face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final next week
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“So, there’s a relatively small possibility that this match isn’t played next week.

“But, things could be a little different in the future.”

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