UEFA confirms players in Super League will be banned from international football

England's national team stars have been threatened with a ban
England’s national team stars have been threatened with a ban (Getty)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed that players who participate in the European Super League will be banned from representing their national team at major tournaments.

On Sunday, 12 clubs from England, Spain and Italy, including the Premier League’s ‘big six’, announced their plan to form a European Super League and break away from the current Champions League and Europa League format.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all signed up along with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter.

During a Zoom media conference in Switzerland on Monday, Ceferin slammed the plans and warned players that they will risk missing out on featuring at World Cup and European Championship tournaments if they play in the newly formed competition.

‘The players who will play in teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from playing in World Cup and Euros,’ Ceferin said.

‘They could not represent national team in any matches.’

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Ceferin also described the European Super League proposal as ‘a spit in the face of all football lovers’.

‘I cannot stress more strongly at the moment that UEFA and the football world stand together alongside this disgraceful, self-serving project from a select few clubs in Europe fuelled by greed above all else,’ he said.

‘This idea is a spit in the face of all football lovers and our society as well. We must not let them take it [football] away from us.

‘Not only the football world, but society and governments are united. It’s part of our culture. We are all united against this nonsense of a project.

‘We have the English FA, Spanish Federation, Italian Federation, the Premier League. La Liga, Serie A and FIFA, unanimous in opposition to these cynical plans which are completely against what football should be.

‘The greatest sport is based on open competition, integrity and sporting merit and we will never allow that to change.’

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