UEFA is planning for next week's Champions League semifinals involving European Super League rebel clubs Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City to go ahead as scheduled, sources have told ESPN, despite the threat of breakaway teams being kicked out of the competition.
Real, Chelsea and City are members of the 12-team group to have signed up on plans to form a competition that would replace the Champions League, with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin describing those involved as "snakes and liars" on Monday and dismissing the project as "disgraceful and self-serving."
Ceferin also raised the prospect of the 12 breakaway clubs, which also include Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona among others, being banned from UEFA competition as a consequence of their attempts to form their own lucrative tournament.
Danish FA chairman Jesper Moller, a member of UEFA's executive committee, said on Monday that those clubs still involved in European competition could be kicked out of the Champions League and Europa League as early as this Friday.
Ceferin appeared to offer an olive branch to the rebel clubs' owners on Tuesday, however, by saying, "Gentlemen, you made a mistake. There is still time to change your minds."
And sources have told ESPN that UEFA are not considering the expulsion of clubs from their competitions this week and that next week's fixtures will go ahead.
Later on Tuesday, a Spanish commercial court said FIFA and UEFA must not prevent the 12 clubs from forming a breakaway league.
Though it was not immediately clear what authority the Madrid court, which adjudicates legal corporate disputes, had over the Swiss-based football bodies, the court said in a written ruling seen by Reuters that FIFA, UEFA and all its associated federations must not adopt "any measure that prohibits, restricts, limits or conditions in any way" the creation of the Super League.
Real are due to play Chelsea in Madrid on April 27, with City travelling to France to face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg 24 hours later.