UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has released a statement that might place the upcoming Champions League semi-final tie between Chelsea and Real Madrid in jeopardy.
Things have escalated at an unexpected rate in the past 24 hours.
The European Super League and its founding clubs, including Chelsea, have announced the plans for the midweek competition via press releases and official club statements, and now UEFA president Ceferin has given his response.
But based on Ceferin’s comment on Monday afternoon, Chelsea might not only be at risk of losing their Champions League spot next season, but also their current place in the semi-finals.
“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,” said Ceferin about potential immediate bans for the Super League founding clubs (via Reuters).
“My opinion is that as soon as possible they have to be banned from all our competitions and the players from all our competitions.”
Danish FA (DBU) chairman Jesper Moller, who also sits in the UEFA Executive Committee, even expects decisions will be made in a few days.
“The clubs [Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid] are going out, and I expect that to happen on Friday,” Moller told Danish outlet DR.
“And then you have to see how to finish the Champions League.”
Thus far, it is only a possibility that Chelsea will lose their semi-final spot as a consequence of supporting the plans for the new competition.
The first-leg match between Real Madrid and Chelsea will take place on April 27, and as things stand three of the semi-finalists are involved in the Super League plans except for Paris Saint-Germain.
Will UEFA really kick the three semi-finalists out of the competition with the games only one week away?
If it happens, it will certainly be a big blow for the Chelsea fans.
It will be Chelsea’s first semi-final in seven years and their first encounter with Real Madrid in the competition.
Despite the financial benefits of joining the Super League, as we’ve covered here, it is difficult to understand why the club risks an important semi-final spot with the timing of the announcement in the first place.