Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have confirmed their approval of the creation of a new midweek competition, the Super League.
The seismic and highly controversial proposals that the game’s biggest clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are involved, have dominated the European news services tonight.
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have merged as founding clubs. It is expected that three more clubs will join before the inaugural season, which should start as soon as possible.
The idea is that the teams will continue to compete in their respective national leagues. However, this idea has been rejected by national bodies such as the Premier League in Great Britain.
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Among the most important clubs that did not want to join the plan were the German giant Bayern Munich and the French champions PSG.
Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid and first chairman of the Super League, confirmed the new one Format and stated: “We will help football at all levels and bring it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans. As large clubs, we are responsible for responding to your wishes. «
Andrea Agnelli, chairwoman of Juventus and vice-chairman of the Super League, supported the new European league and said: » Our 12 founding clubs represent billions of fans around the world and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment to transform European competition, put the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, increase solidarity significantly and allow fans and amateur players a regular flow of headlines feed their passion for the game and provide them with committed role models. «
Joel Glazer, Manchester United co-chair and vice-chairman of the Super League, added, » By bringing the best clubs and players in the world together to play against each other throughout the season, the Super League makes a difference opens a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities as well as increased financial support for the wider football pyramid. “
The plan has been widely criticized by experts, national and European football authorities and leading politicians. Social media was full of disdain for the club owners’ unilateral land grab, carried out without consulting fans and amid a global pandemic. The move would drastically undercut the UEFA Champions League and significantly reduce the impact on the national leagues.
UEFA commented on the proposal tonight: « The clubs concerned will be able to participate in other competitions at national, European or global level prohibited and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams. «
In the meantime, the potential impact on global broadcasters is enormous, both in terms of existing contracts and future business.
However, the anger over the plans has been so great that some experts have expressed skepticism about the feasibility of the move, and others have suggested that strengthening the clubs’ negotiating hands on existing broadcasting deals is a ploy.
We have Here is more about this developing story, including the streamer DAZN’s rejection of him is involved in the plans.
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