Paris-Saint Germain could be declared winners of the Champions League by default after plans for a European Super League were revealed.
Despite being one of the richest clubs in the world, PSG have not been named as one of the 12 “Founding Members” backing the proposals.
The 12 Founding Members include Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid – all three of whom are semi-finalists in this season’s Champions League.
That creates a problem for UEFA, with the organisation threatening significant sanctions against players and clubs who agree to join the Super League.
A radical response could see Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all thrown out of this season’s Champions League, leaving PSG as the winners.
UEFA issued a statement regarding their position on a European Super League on Sunday night, condemning the actions of the 12 clubs and confirming they “will consider all measures available”.
The statement also includes reference to Super League clubs being “banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level” – sanctions which would include the Champions League.
It read: "If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – 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.
"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.
"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.”
Although Man City, Chelsea and Real Madrid could all be removed from the Champions League, there is no suggestion that this season’s Champions League or Europa League have yet been cancelled.
The semi-finals of the competition remain on their current dates of 27/28th April and 4/5th May, with PSG set to play Manchester City and Chelsea taking on Real Madrid.
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