Why Spanish clubs could be EXPELLED from UEFA Competitions this season

Spanish clubs could face being expelled from the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Conference league in the latest step taken amid the scandal involving Luis Rubiales, it has emerged.

Seven days on from Spain winning the Women’s World Cup, Spanish football federation president Rubiales has come under massive pressure from footballers and the public alike to resign after kissing Jenni Hermoso to celebrate the success, which she afterwards admitted that she didn’t consent to.

He has so far refused to do so, claiming that the kiss was “spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual”, but has been suspended by FIFA over the incident, and in a speech on Friday claimed that he was the target of a witch-hunt by “false feminists” in an astonishing rant, where he had before been expected to announce his resignation.

The RFEF (The Royal Spanish Football Federation) have promised to fight on his behalf, and his mother has gone on hunger strike in order to protest her Son’s treatment.

But there is a bigger concern surrounding the matter when it comes to Spanish football clubs, and that is their participation in UEFA tournaments this season. The Spanish FA have asked UEFA to consider expelling them from the tournaments for the upcoming campaign due to the Spanish government’s intervention in the situation in a bid to resolve the issue.

This would mean that European giants Barcelona and Real Madrid would be out of the Champions League before it even started, along with fellow qualifiers Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.

Meanwhile, Villarreal and Real Betis would also lose Europa League football, and Osasuna would be forced to miss out on a season in the UEFA Conference League in what would be an extraordinary decision.

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Ben Browning

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