Chelsea, Man City to be kicked out of CL semi-finals – UEFA chief

Will Ford
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Jesper Moller, the Danish FA chairman and member of UEFA’s executive committee, says Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City will be kicked out of the Champions League semi-finals after committing to the European Super League.

The trio are among a group of 12 clubs to have shocked the football world by confirming their involvement in the breakaway Super League.

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But while the repercussions won’t be fully understood or felt by the majority of the dozen ditchers for weeks or months, the consequences for Chelsea, City and Madrid could well be felt far sooner.

Moller told DR Sport that he expects members of the breakaway group currently competing in this season’s Champions League to be removed from the competition before their semi-final clashes.

He said: “[Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea] are going out, and I expect that to happen on Friday. And then you have to see how to finish the Champions League.

“There must be one extraordinary executive committee meeting on Friday. I have an expectation that the 12 clubs will be thrown out.”

Presumably Manchester United and Arsenal are set to suffer the same Europa League fate.

Earlier on Monday, UEFA president Alexsander Ceferin confirmed that any player involved in the new midweek breakaway league would be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros.

Ceferin said: “I cannot stress more strongly how everyone is united against this disgraceful, self-serving proposals, fuelled by greed above all else.

“We are all united against this nonsense of a project. Cynical plan, completely against what football should be. We cannot and will not allow that to change.

“Players who will play in the teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from the World Cup and Euros.

“We urge everyone to stand tall with us as we do everything in our power to ensure this never ends up in fruition.”

Ceferin also heavily criticised Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli over pretending to fully support Champions League reforms.

United were reportedly among the ‘ringleaders’ wanting to create a new competition and Ceferin claims that Woodward and Agnelli have both lied to his face.

“If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he want to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else.

“Andrea Agnelli is the biggest disappointment of all, I’ve never seen a person that would lie so many times, so persistently as he did. It’s unbelievable.

“We might be naive in not knowing we have snakes close to us. Now we do. There will be legal action soon.”