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Cheeky Real Betis remove Atletico, Real Madrid and Barcelona from LaLiga table after European Super League bombshell

REAL BETIS have removed Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona from their La Liga table following news of the trio's involvement in the European Super League.

On Sunday, it emerged the Spanish giants have signed up to be part of the breakaway league - which will include a further 12 of Europe's big clubs.

And Betis have wasted little time in moving on, removing the La Liga giants from the league table on their official website.

The modified table has Sevilla, Villarreal and Betis occupying first, second and third place respectively - which Atletico, Real and Barca currently sit in.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool represent the European Super League's British contingent.

Serie A big boys Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus make up the 12 'founding clubs'.

A further three teams will be invited to make up the 15-team league, which has sparked global outrage.

Football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA have reacted furiously to the plans and have threatened to impose bans on the clubs and players who participate in the league.

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And UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has branded the proposal a 'spit in the face of all football lovers.'

He said: "We're still assessing the situation with our legal team. It's a bit too early.

"We will take all the sanctions that we can and we will inform you as soon as we have a clear answer.

"My opinion is that, as soon as possible, the players have to be banned from all our competitions.

"I cannot stress more strongly UEFA and the footballing world are united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposals we have seen, fuelled purely by greed.

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"It's a nonsense of a project. This idea is a spit in the face for all footballer lovers and our society.

"We will not allow them to take this away from us."

Furious Liverpool and Tottenham fans made their views known by staging protests outside of Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Premier League voiced their fury at the plans for the breakaway league in a joint statement with the English Football Association, UEFA, La Liga and Serie A.

It read: "UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.

"If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we - UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations - will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.

"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.

"As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.

"We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this.

"We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced.

"This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough."

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