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Real Madrid’s place in UCL could be under threat due to Rubiales and RFEF – report

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Spanish football has been rocked by the controversy surrounding now-suspended RFEF president Luis Rubiales.

The 46-year-old’s actions of forcefully kissing Jenni Hermoso after the Spanish Women’s National Team won the FIFA World Cup and his subsequent refusal to step down from his post led to him being suspended by FIFA.

The temporary suspension will last for 90 days while disciplinary proceedings int the matter continue.

Rubiales though has the support of a large number of officials in the RFEF, and one of them, Andreu Camps, the Secretary General of the RFEF, has taken the matter to UEFA, which could hurt Spanish teams in European competitions, including Real Madrid.

Camps’ complaint could have repercussions

Indeed, according to Onda Cero, Camps has written a letter to UEFA complaining about the Spanish Government and its intervention in the matter concerning Rubiales and the RFEF.

Camps is understood to have accused officials of the Spain Government who have spoken out publicly against Rubiales and called for drastic measures to be taken against him.

And as per a politician, Camps’ intention behind this move is to get UEFA to threaten to suspend the RFEF and exclude all Spanish teams from European competitions.

“Camps’ only intention is to get UEFA to threaten the Spanish government with the suspension of the RFEF and the consequent exclusion from all European competitions. It’s the same move that Villar did with Blatter at the time,” he said.

What does UEFA say?

UEFA’s statutes clearly state that its associations “shall manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties. Any body or decision of a body that has not been elected or appointed in accordance with said procedure, even provisionally, will not be recognized by UEFA.”

Camps intends to use this to get UEFA to threaten the possible suspension of the Spanish FA and the subsequent exclusion of teams from European competitions, potentially affecting Real Madrid and other clubs involved in the tournaments.

UEFA has not made any statement on the matter thus far and has remained quiet. It is said that there is a friendly relationship between UEFA president Alexander Ceferin and Rubiales.

Much could depend on whether interim RFEF president Pedro Rocha Junco maintains this position or decides to withdraw the complaint and dismiss Camps from his position.

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  1. Senex

    August 28, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    Spanish soccer is in a sad state at every level. This episode and the circus that is the RFEF just epitomizes it. UEFA source to ESPN already said they weren’t helping RFEF with this house of cards defense they are trying to gaslight people with.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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