Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid will be kicked out of the Champions League on Friday after confirming they are planning to break away and form a European Super League, says UEFA executive committee member Jesper Moller.
European football is still in a state of shock following the earth-shattering news late on Sunday night, when 12 leading clubs in England, Spain and Italy announced their plans to form a new and exclusive midweek tournament.
The controversial project has sparked a furious reaction throughout the continent, with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin branding it a “spit in the face” of supporters.
And Moller, the Danish FA chairman and member of UEFA’s executive committee, expects some of the clubs involved to begin facing consequences as early as this Friday.
Four teams remain in this season’s Champions League; Chelsea are due to lock horns with Madrid in the first semi-final, while City are set to take on Paris St-Germain in the other.
PSG are the only semi-final team not involved in any Super League proposals.
“[Madrid, City and Chelsea] are going out, and I expect that to happen on Friday,” Moller said.
“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.”
Along with Chelsea, City and Madrid, the other nine clubs involved in the proposal are: England’s Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, and Italy’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
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It is believed each club will receive an astonishing £310million for simply joining the Super League, which is being funded by US investment banking company J.P. Morgan.
The biggest concern with the project is its apparent disregard for competition, with an expected 15 founding members guaranteed a place in the league regardless of sporting achievement.
UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has reassured fans that the Government will be doing everything in its power to prevent the Premier League’s Big Six from joining the Super League, branding the proposals “tone deaf”.
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