UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has blasted the plans for a new Super League to be created, calling it a ‘shameful proposal’.
Last night, an official statement on Milan’s website confirmed that the Rossoneri along with Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined the ‘Super League’ as founding clubs.
There will be 20 participating clubs with 15 ‘Founding Clubs’ and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. There will be two groups of 10, and the founding clubs will get a total of €3.5bn just for signing up.
UEFA and some leagues have blasted the plans and warned there will be bans for clubs and players who join the project, while Manchester United, Juventus, Milan and Inter have left the European Club Association.
The UEFA president Ceferin has once again attacked the project and did so on the sidelines of the Executive Committee of Montreaux, where UEFA has formalised the new format of the Champions League from 2024.
“I can only emphasise more strongly that UEFA and the world of football are united against the shameful proposal selfish of some greed-motivated clubs and nothing else. We are all united against this nonsense of a project,” he said (via Calciomercato.com).
“Players who participate in a closed league will be banned from playing in the World Cup and European Championships. They will not be able to play for their national teams. UEFA distributes 90% of its revenues by reinvesting them in football, UEFA is not just a question of money, the Super League yes.
“It’s the interests of a dozen, I wouldn’t want to call them that dirty dozen. The basic principle cannot change, solidarity is something eternal. But for some people solidarity does not exist, the only thing that exists is money in their pockets. I would like to thank the whole football family, even the clubs, except those 12. And thanks to the governments. This idea is a spit on the face of those who love football . We will not let them take football away from us.”