UEFA has threatened to ban clubs from playing in any domestic, European, or world level competitions if they agree to take part in a breakaway European Super League — and Chelsea are one of the teams involved in the plans, according to Sky Sports.
The Sky Sport report mentioned that six English clubs are involved in the plans, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Other European giants, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, have also reportedly agreed to take part in the plans.
Amid the reports about a planned announcement of the European Super League, UEFA, along with the English FA, Premier League, Spanish FA (RFEF), La Liga, Italian FA (FIGC) and Lega Serie A, have released a joint statement on Sunday.
“We wish to reiterate that we will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project — a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever,” the official statement reads.
“We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening.
“As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”
This means that Chelsea could be banned from entering the Champions League next season if they agreed to join the Super League as widely reported.
We do not exactly know about the financial agreements that might have tempted these big clubs to leave their domestic clubs in the first place.
But regardless of its possible financial impact, there could also be some problems with players who understandably would not want to take part and potentially be banned from representing their countries in FIFA or UEFA competitions.