Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Premier league expulsion threat
Chelsea's presence in Monaco helps remind Uefa of fans' role
English football's Premier League has warned it may expel any clubs who sign up for a breakaway European super-league.
The European governing body, Uefa, is meeting in Monaco to discuss how to head off the challenge.
"There's a great determination amongst the clubs in the Premier League that anyone who wants to go their own way will have to face the consequences.
"It may well mean that they will find themselves not inside the league," he told BBC News.
Clubs would then have to weigh up the £20m a year on offer from the super-league, with the lucrative TV money from the Premier League.
Uefa rejects co-operation
The league is due to start in 2000, and despite the threats, there is a fear that events may overtake Uefa.
Manchester United have already warned the game's chiefs to take the league seriously, with the English club suggesting Uefa could be involved in a relationship similar to that of the FA and the Premier League in England.
"There are other persons very nervous, who have only commercial interests and not sporting criteria."
He did give the clubs some encouragement, admitting that Uefa is considering giving out wild cards for the Champions' League.
That could pacify former winners Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan, who have both failed to qualify for European competition this season.
But any such plan will dismay some fans as it dissolves the idea of sporting criteria deciding who qualifies.
Uefa has promised to listen to supporters groups, one of whom has already spoken out against the super-league idea.
Mr Johansson also promised a change in the Champions League format next season to increase the number of games, and the income generated.
Uefa's executive approved a task force to consider change.
From the UK, super-league candidates Liverpool join Mr Lever on the body, which will work fast.
A verdict is due by the next Uefa meeting in Lisbon on 6-7 October.
Proposals under consideration are thought to include: