UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin brands European Super League as a spit in the face

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has launched a blistering attack on those clubs wanting to form a European Super League and accused them of spitting in the faces of football.

A dozen of Europe's biggest clubs have signed an agreement to launch a breakaway league that has caused outrage within the game.

Those involved include both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

A fuming Ceferin has vowed to stop it from happening and accused those club owners and bosses of being obsessed with greed.

He has also labelled the likes of United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Juve owner Andrea Agnelli of being snakes who have lied to him and stabbed him in the back.

Ceferin raged: "I cannot stress more strongly at this moment that UEFA and the footballing world stand united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposal we have seen in the last 24 hours from a select few clubs in Europe that are fuelled purely by greed above all else.

"Football is united, all the society is united, governments are united, it's part of our culture, we are all united against this nonsense of a project.

"These cynical plans are completely against what football should be. Our game has become the greatest sport in the world based on open competition, integrity and sporting merit, and we cannot allow and we will not allow that to change. Never, ever.

"We urge everyone, from the millions of football lovers around the world, the world's media, politicians and football's governing bodies to stand tall with us, as we do everything in our power to ensure this never ends up in fruition.

"A European Super league is only about money, money for the dozen. I don't want to call them the dirty dozen, but UEFA is about developing football, and about financing what should be financed, that our football, our culture survives. Some people don't understand it.

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  • "The European game is the greatest success of modern sport, and there's a reason why, because of the pyramid, because of its long history, we are constantly adopting the European competition to ensure it's more and more interesting, more and more modern, but the principles cannot change.

    "Solidarity is something that stays forever. For some people solidarity doesn't exist. Unity doesn't exist. The only thing that exists is their pockets.

    "In my opinion, this idea is a spit in the face of all football lovers, and our society as well, so we will not allow them to take it away from us."

    Ceferin also threatened to ban those breakaway teams still involved in this season's European competitions – and certain players from this summer's Euros.

    Ceferin also lambasted United chief Woodward, who met with him last week to agree in principle to new Champions League reforms but then went behind his back 48 hours later.

    He added: "It is clear who is who in the football world. I was a criminal layer for 24 years but I've never ever seen people like that.

    "He (Woodward) called me last Thursday to say he was satisfied with reforms and he fully supports them, obviously he'd already signed something else.

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    "Agnelli is the biggest disappointment of all. I've never seen a person who would lie so many times and so persistently as he did.

    "He told me on Saturday it was just rumours and said he would call me in one hour, then switched off his phone. Greediness is so strong. All the human values evaporate. All the world knows now they were unanimously supporting proposals on Friday, having agreed something else.

    "We are still assessing the situation with our legal team. We will take all the sanctions that we can and inform as soon as we have a clear answers. As soon as possible teams will be banned from competitions and players will be banned.

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    "I said they won't be able to play in our competitions. I don't know when.

    "Football is not all corrupt. Just a small part, led by greed and people who don't care about anything else.

    "This is new for us. We might be naïve in not knowing we have snakes close to us. Now we do. There will be legal action soon."

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