RTÉ soccer analysts Richie Sadlier and Damien Duff wrestled with the aftermath of the European Super League controversy ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final meeting between Real Madrid and Chelsea, two clubs who were part of the notorious breakaway competition when it was announced nine days ago.

Reflecting on collapse of the venture, Sadlier pondered a possible appropriate punishment for the clubs, while arguing that the owners in question would likely attempt to resurrect the project.

"Whatever way you characterise it - it's going to happen. For these clubs, the debts aren't going to go away overnight, the ambition of the clubs isn't going to go away. The attitudes of the owners, the priorities of the people who run these clubs are not going to change.

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"So, they're going to re-group, they're going to wait till all this dies down, they're going to come up with a better idea that's better delivered, with more consultation in the next one. What you need to do is guard against that, protect yourself against that.

"Because they've shown their hand. We know they're going to do it and they'll do it again. So, you introduce regulations and put them in at national level, at league level, at FIFA level.

"There are phrases in the rules already that you're barred from playing in unsanctioned tournaments but be specific with the consequences. The Italians have started to do it. So if you're an Italian club and you attempt to be part of something like this, your membership of the Serie A is gone. Have the Premier League do the same, have La Liga do the same."

Duff ridiculed the claims of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that the Super League venture would "save football", arguing that what would really rescue the game was the return of fans.

"Perez coming out of this saying he's saving football. He's absolutely not saving football. He's looking after his own interests. His own club and Barca, they're nearly a billion euros in debt. Inter the same. (Madrid) have to cover the cost of the Galactico signings, the Bernabeu is getting re-done. What will save football is when fans are back in the stadiums."