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UEFA warn Chelsea over enforcing Thibaut Courtois clause on Atletico Madrid

UEFA announce that Chelsea's reported clause of requesting a fee from Atletico Madrid to play Thibaut Courtois against them in the Champions League is 'null and void'.

UEFA have announced that Chelsea's reported clause to allow goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to play for Atletico Madrid in a potential Champions League semi-final is "null, void and unenforceable".

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo claimed this week that Courtois, who is on loan in La Liga from Chelsea, would not play against his parent club should the teams be drawn together in the semi-finals.

The decision is said to have come from reports that the Spanish outfit would need to pay Chelsea a fee in order to play the 21-year-old shot-stopper.

In response to the reports, UEFA released a statement saying: "Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may [or may not] field in a match.

"It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.

"Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly."

Chelsea, Atletico, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all in the hat for Friday's semi-final draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Thibaut Courtois of Belgium throws the ball during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013
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