“Fair play, Ceferin”
The Fallout from the Super League fiasco still feels very raw in the minds of many football fans as we enter the semi-finals of UEFA competitions.
Real Madrid take on Chelsea in the first of two semi-finals with PSG facing Manchester City.
Three of the last four were of course involved in the 12 founding clubs announced for the proposed Super League.
However, Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez was very much a protagonist and leader of the movement.
This has led to conspiracy theories among Spanish Media emphasising that a focus on the refereeing on Tuesday night will be needed.
Marca have gone with the headline ‘Fair play, Ceferin,’ addressing the UEFA president, calling for no bias to be given to Real’s opponents after last week’s madness.
Sections of the Madrid media (Marca here) portraying #RealMadrid as plucky underdogs ahead of the Champions League semi-finals and now calling for fair play from UEFA referees (after #SuperLeague fallout) in their tie against #CFC is quite something… #UCL pic.twitter.com/kgBfE1oUxE
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) April 26, 2021
Ceferin separates Super League clubs
One might think ‘But Chelsea were a Founding Club too?’ Which is a fair question.
However, whilst this is true, Aleksander Ceferin recently spoke about the 12 founding clubs on different levels and considered the 6 English clubs to be worthy of the least punishment considering they were the first to step away from the proposals.
“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,’” said Ceferin.
MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – APRIL 20: UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress at 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre on April 20, 2021, in Montreux, Switzerland (Photo by Richard Juilliart – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
“For me there are three groups of this 12 – the English six, who went out first, then the other three 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.”
This ‘big difference’ has clearly worried many that there may now be a bias against Madrid in the UCL games.
Raphael Varane was asked about this ahead of the game be simply said they would need to focus on what they could control.
For record – I dont think Varane was suggesting he was actually worried, just saying he didn’t want to get into this debate, players were just focused on playing the game.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 26, 2021
Real Madrid host Chelsea at 8pm tonight in the first leg of the semi-final of the Champions League.