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UEFA chief suggests how clubs will be treated after ESL involvement

Following the withdrawal of most clubs involved in the failed European Super League, the football world waits to see who will be held accountable for their actions and how significant the punishment will be.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin hinted that some could be handed more severe punishments than others – with the six England clubs getting most credit for being the first to pull out.

“Everyone has to take consequences for what they did and we cannot pretend nothing happened,” said Ceferin. “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 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.”

With the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona still holding on to the broken dream of the ESL, it sounds like the two biggest Spanish clubs will get a more severe punishment.

The journalist behind the interview with Ceferin, Rob Draper, has brought the conversation to Twitter to talk about how the six Premier League clubs still make big mistakes despite pulling out first.

Resigning all of our UEFA and European Club Association positions on Monday was a huge mistake — and now talks at UEFA are taking place without these clubs.

They must pay the price for what they’ve done.

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