UEFA president Alexander Ceferin threatened that players participating in the Super League “will be banned from the World Cup and Euros,” but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez dismissed the threat.
The Super League proposal, which was announced on Sunday and includes 12 teams with three more expected to be added, has sparked widespread outrage.
Ceferin was enraged by the plan, which he believes will put the Champions League in jeopardy.
In an interview with El Chiringuito on Monday, Perez addressed Ceferin’s threats, saying, “Every player can be calm because that’s not going to happen; they won’t be banned if they join the Super League.”
On Monday, Ceferin wasn’t the only UEFA official making threats, with Executive Committee member Jesper Moller claiming that Madrid, Chelsea, and Man City could all be kicked out of the Champions League this season due to their Super League participation.
“Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Chelsea will not be disqualified from the Champions League or domestic leagues,” Perez said. “It is unlikely, I can assure you of that. 100%, it will not happen, the law protects us. This is impossible.”
After leading plans for the Super League, Ceferin referred to Manchester United and Juventus bosses Ed Woodward and Andrea Agnelli as “snakes,” remarks that did not sit well with Perez.
“Today, President Ceferin threatened Andrea Agnelli, which is impossible,” Perez said. “It’s insane to talk about the president of a global club like Juventus.
“This is unacceptable; UEFA must change; we do not want a president who insults the presidents of other countries.
“Why aren’t the salaries of UEFA and La Liga made public? Why haven’t wages been cut in line with the rest of the population during the pandemic? More transparency is needed. We know how much LeBron James earns, but we don’t know how much the UEFA president earns.”