UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that the 12 clubs involved in plans for a failed European Super League are to “suffer the consequences” of their actions in the coming weeks.
Shockwaves were sent through the world of football on Sunday when a dozen of the elite clubs throughout the continent announced their intentions to form the new competition – including Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
However, after receiving a huge backlash all six English teams withdrew from the proposed tournament on Tuesday, and the majority have issued apologies to furious supporters.
Although their reputations have been dealt a big blow, the punishment is not expected to end there, and sanctions could be issued by the likes of the Premier League and UEFA.
And speaking to Slovenian news outlet 24UR, Ceferin said he would take his time to consider the next course of action.
“A lot has happened 24 hours after the congress, but I expect more news by Friday,” Ceferin said.
“I think those who claim to be completely calm in this situation are not telling the truth. The situation is very complicated for them and not for the UEFA, which has 235 out of 247 clubs on its side.
“Indeed, 244. They are all with us. Yesterday I received text messages of support from virtually every club in Europe.
“So, now we expect everyone to realise their mistake and suffer the consequences. We will talk about it next week.”
Ceferin did, however, add that the fact that the English sides were the first to withdraw may work in their favour.
He continued: “If these clubs want to play in our competition again, they will have to get close to us and we will have to evaluate what happened, but I don’t want to go into details, as we are still talking to our legal team.
“I would say that the English clubs have made a very good decision and we will take that into account.”