UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has refuted suggestions the ongoing power struggle with the three remaining Super League clubs could paralyse European football and instead claims Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid are doing that to themselves.

Nine of the 12 clubs who signed up to the European Super League withdrew following huge external pressure, including six Premier League teams.

But Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid have so far refused to do so and last week they released a joint statement accusing UEFA of a ‘flagrant breach of the decision of the courts of justice’ and stating ‘we either reform football or we will have to watch its inevitable downfall’.

“They paralysed themselves with the approach they took,” Ceferin told Sky Italy.

“It’s strange to read press releases that the three clubs out of thousands of clubs think their idea will save football and nobody else likes it.”

Ceferin was unable to give an update on disciplinary proceedings against the three clubs and what sanctions they could be hit with if they persist with their ESL plans.

“Our disciplinary committee is independent so the moment they start to work on a case, I don’t have a reach or information there,” said Ceferin. “I don’t know when, if or how the sanctions would be.

“For me what is strange is that you publish you are still part of the Super League and then you send a letter applying to play in the Champions League. So you are in Super League but play Champions League. It’s quite hard to understand what they mean.

“They should call us, send us a letter, ask for a meeting. They just sent some press releases saying they want to have a dialogue. It’s quite a strange approach.”

He continued: “It’s really hard to understand what they want. If they say Super League exists – and nobody prevents them from playing Super League, the three of you can play your Super League. But they say they want to play Champions League as well at the same time.

“We are not afraid of those things. If the courts decide one way or another we have to be honest and work for football, which those clubs are not.”

Ceferin said the first 48 hours were difficult after the Super League proposals were announced but was blown away by the continent’s unified approach.

“We didn’t know if it is coming,” he said. “When it came it was tough for two days but all of the European community stood together, not just the football community but everyone.”

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