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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has admitted that he felt betrayed by some club executives after they went behind his back to form a breakaway league, ESL.
The European Super League lasted only 48 hours and has since died a natural death, but it has left a bitter taste among fans, players, clubs and mostly UEFA.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had threatened to ban everyone associated with the ESL, but he has now backed down from such threats and has fired a direct warning to clubs who haven’t pulled out of the European Super League.
“It’s crystal clear that the clubs will have to decide if they are Super League or they are a European club,” Ceferin said in a telephone interview with the AP.
“If they say we are a Super League, then they don’t play Champions League, of course … and if they are ready to do that, they can play in their own competition.”
Speaking on the betrayal, Ceferin said: “The worst day was Saturday, because then I realized that it was a pure betrayal, that some people lied to us for years.
“It was quite strange because I didn’t know what exactly will happen the next day. It was like something will be announced; nobody knows what.
“Then I got a phone call from three or four clubs saying, ‘We are terribly sorry, but we have to say otherwise we are out.’ … But then on Sunday when I woke up, I was sure, I was very confident to face this and solve this.”