UEFA have issued a strong response to speculation that some of Europe’s top clubs want to break away and form a ‘Super League’.
The New York Times among other sources are reporting that a number of teams have held months of secret talks before agreeing the blueprint for a new ‘Super League’. Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, Manchester United and Liverpool in England, and Juventus and Milan in Italy are all named. At least 12 teams have either signed up as founding members or expressed interest in joining the breakaway group as per the report.
According to The Times, should the European Super League take place, Milan and the other participants should receive €350m just after joining. The Super League development is indeed a direct challenge to UEFA’s new 36-team Champions League format to come into force from 2024.
Now, UEFA have hit back with a strong statement threatening bans for teams involved and the players that might go to the competition.
“UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Association (RFEF) and LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that some English, Spanish and Italian clubs may intend to announce their creation of a so-called closed Super League.
“Should this happen, we would like to reiterate that we – UEFA, English FA, RFEF, FIGC, 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 based on the personal interest of a few clubs at a time when society more than ever needs solidarity.
“We will consider all the measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting, in order to prevent this from happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merits; it cannot be otherwise. As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, affected clubs will be banned from playing in any other competition at national, European or global level, and their players may be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.
“We thank those clubs from other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who refused to join this one. We ask all football lovers, fans and politicians to join us in the fight against such a project should it be announced. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long.”
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