According to Milanese media outlet Corriere della Sera, the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-offs have become “the most important game in the world” and the competition is at risk of being “imminently over”.
In the report, the newspaper quoted an unnamed “senior” official as saying that “in the first leg against Sevilla, Barcelona scored a goal from which they were eliminated” and that “the match between Juventus and Barcelona was also in danger” with a penalty in the second leg due to be scored by the latter’s “bad luck”.
“The Champions league is in danger,” the unnamed official added.
“It is impossible to make it, not only because of the danger of the competition but also because of how the rules are put together.”
It’s understood that the situation is “unprecedented” and is “extremely dangerous” for the competition.
“We are at risk because the rule of law is being undermined,” a spokesperson for the FA told Corrieren.
“The Premier League and the UEFA [Super Cup] are still in control of the football and we cannot just abandon them and let them go.”
The situation is dangerous.
If we don’t do something, we will be out of football in the summer and we will not have the Champions League.
“Earlier this month, the Football Association was criticised for the fact that the Champions league qualifying fixtures were “stolen” during a “disgraceful” pre-season tournament, in which clubs were allowed to host friendlies.
The fixture system was also described as “a joke” and “inhumane” by former England international Steve Bould, who complained to the FA’s executive committee that the fixtures “took a beating” from the media and the public.