UEFA set to punish Manchester United and Man City for European Super League plans

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Aleksander Ceferin wants to see the 12 clubs involved in the European Super League punished
Man Utd and Manchester City were among 12 clubs to commit to a European Super League project but they now face UEFA sanctions.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed the 12 clubs involved in the European Super League breakaway are set to face sanctions from the governing body.

Manchester United and Manchester City were among the dozen clubs to be confirmed as founding members of the ESL a week ago, along with the rest of the Premier League's big six.

But within 48 hours the six English clubs had all pulled out of the scheme after a fierce backlash from fans, players, managers, pundits, government and the Premier League.

Ceferin now wants the 'dirty dozen' to be punished for their attempts to break away from UEFA, although he did say he wants United, City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham to be shown leniency after they led the retreat from the ESL.

Instead, Ceferin wants the three clubs still sticking to their guns over a European Super League to face the harshest punishments, comparing Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus to 'flat-Earthers' as a result of their unwavering commitment to the project, despite the spate of withdrawals.

"Let’s see," Ceferin told the Mail on Sunday when asked about punishments. "Everyone has to take consequences for what they did and we cannot pretend nothing happened. You cannot do something like that and just say: 'I’ve been punished because everybody hates me.'

"They don’t have problems because of anyone else but themselves. It’s not OK what they did and we will see in next few days what we have to do.

"But for me it’s a clear difference between the English clubs and the other six.

"They pulled out first, they admitted they made a mistake. You have to have some greatness to say: 'I was wrong'.

"For me there are three groups of this 12 — the English Six, who went out first, then the other three [Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter] after them and then the ones who feel that Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists.

"And there is a big difference between those. But everyone will be held responsible. In what way, we will see.

"I don’t want to say disciplinary process but it has to be clear that everyone has to be held responsible in a different way. Is it disciplinary? Is it the decision of the executive committee? We will see. It’s too early to say."

Ceferin also praised the response of fans in England for their reaction to ESL plans and the role they played in forcing their clubs to backdown.

"Look, honestly speaking I was completely impressed by the reaction of the fans, the whole football community and not just the football community but I would say society. I never seen this," he said.

"UEFA did its part, the clubs that stood with us did their part. And of course the UK Government out of all did the big part. But by far the biggest part was done by fans."

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