News of a breakaway Super League has shocked the European soccer world. And while the repercussions of the momentous decision won't be fully known for weeks or months, if not years, at least one member of UEFA's executive committee expects teams involved in the endeavor to start facing the consequences of their decision sooner rather than later. Jesper Møller, the Danish FA chairman, told Danish outlet DR Sport that he expects the members of the breakaway group who remain in this season's Champions League to be removed from the competition saying.
"[Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea] are going out, and I expect that to happen on Friday," Møller said. "And then you have to see how to finish the Champions League."
Earlier in the day UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed to use all the tools and sanctions at his disposal to fight back against the 12 teams who announced their plans to join the Super League.
"There must be one extraordinary executive committee meeting on Friday. I have an expectation that the 12 clubs will be thrown out," Møller said.
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The 2020-2021 version of the UEFA Champions League has reached the semifinal stage with the first leg scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 when Chelsea is currently supposed to play Real Madrid and PSG is on course to face Manchester City. Should the three breakaways be removed it remains to be seen how UEFA would handle the remainder of this competition. Real Madrid's quarterfinal victory was over yet another breakaway side, Liverpool, though both Manchester City and Chelsea defeated teams in Borussia Dortmund and Porto that have rejected the idea of the Super League.
Additionally two further members of the breakaway group, Arsenal and Manchester United remain in the UEFA Europa League semifinals and are scheduled to face off against Villarreal and Roma respectively.
According to CBS Sports soccer insider Fabrizio Romano the decision will be made this week after consultation with UEFA's legal team.
UEFA decision about UCL and UEL semi-finals will be made in the next days after meeting with legal team. 🚨— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 19, 2021
They’ll decide whether to exclude City, Chelsea, Real, Man Utd, Arsenal.
Ceferin wants to “ban them as soon as possible”. It’s NOT decided - depends by the legal team.
In the UEFA Women's Champions League, two of the four semifinalists, Barcelona and Chelsea, are involved in the breakaway plans.