UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has admitted there is a possibility of Lionel Messi and Neymar being denied entry to the United Kingdom due to their ongoing legal concerns, which could be a problem since the Champions League final is being hosted in Cardiff.
Barcelona must produce a remarkable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to have any chance of reaching the showpiece event, but Ceferin is still concerned about the Westminster government’s policies and revealed that the country could miss out on future finals.
“Neymar and Lionel Messi both have [tax evasion] procedures going on,” he told the New York Times.
“This year, the Champions League final is in Cardiff.
“Imagine if they did not let them in.
“That is a big thing for us, if players from England can travel anywhere, but players from other teams cannot travel to [the UK].
“With free movement in Europe, it is much better.
“If we see that players cannot enter because they have any sort of procedure ongoing then we will simply think if we should play our European matches there.”
He referenced the incident which took place during the group stages, when Serge Aurier was denied entry for a match against Arsenal.
“I was very disappointed when Aurier, from PSG, was not allowed to enter England,” the Slovenian said in the interview.
“That will worsen when Brexit happens, especially if the reasons were as formal.
“We could have a serious problem.”
He also discussed the recent travel restrictions introduced at the United States border, warning that they could harm a future World Cup bid.