Before UEFA decision: Club alliance wants European super league

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Before UEFA decision: Club alliance wants European super league

ECA boss Agnelli received mail from fan representatives

Shortly before the decision on a far-reaching reform for the Champions League, an alliance of European clubs is again building up the threat of a super league. According to dpa information, clubs from Italy, Spain and England are pursuing this plan, contrary to the UEFA resolution planned for Monday. According to the Times, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea as well as Tottenham are among them.

From Italy, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are said to be interested. The DAZN streaming service will also be involved. This described corresponding reports on Sunday as “wrong”. According to the “Corriere dello Sport”, DAZN is to pursue the plan to form a league for 16 teams with Europe's top clubs. According to media reports, Serie A held an unplanned meeting. FC Bayern should not be involved in the plans – as is Paris Saint-Germain.

The UEFA Executive Committee will decide during its meeting on Monday to increase the premier class from 32 to 36 participants and to introduce a new mode. Two of the four new places are no longer to be awarded, as was previously the case, on the basis of performances from the previous season. Instead, the placements of the clubs in the UEFA five-year ranking should be decisive. This was a wish of the powerful club association ECA, which sits with two representatives on the executive branch of the Continental Association.

A consensus between the ECA and the UEFA Club Competitions Committee (CCC) on the details was reported on Friday. The decision therefore seemed a formality. According to the Times, UEFA does not want to abandon its plan either. The establishment of a super league was always discussed in recent years when it came to the distribution of TV money in the European Cup.

Fan representatives from top European clubs have spoken out against the reform plans. These would represent “a serious threat to all football,” according to the open letter to ECA boss Andrea Agnelli published by Football Supporters Europe. “The gap between the richest clubs and the rest of the world of football” would be widened by the plans, “the national framework calendar would be destroyed and the fans would be burdened with additional financial and time burdens.”

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