Clubs from Italy, England and Spain are apparently bringing the Super League back into play. UEFA sharply criticized the plans.
Shortly before the decision on a far-reaching reform for the Champions League, there is again a great power struggle over a possible super league. Clubs from Italy, Spain and England are once again creating the threat of an international split.
The European Football Union UEFA and the national leagues reacted a little later with a sharp threat. The clubs would be excluded from all further competitions and their players would no longer be allowed to play for national teams, said UEFA. The world association FIFA and the other continental associations had already announced this in the past.
UEFA, the English Football Association, the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have today released a statement.
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– UEFA (@UEFA) April 18, 2021
According to the Times , Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs planning a super league. According to other media reports, Juventus Turin, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid should also be among them.
Without Germany and France
The German record champions FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly not involved in the plans – as is the French champion Paris Saint-Germain. “We would like to thank the clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to join,” said a UEFA statement on Sunday evening.
The English Premier League warned their clubs on Sunday against joining a super league and referred to the statutes, which are intended to prevent exactly that. The top management of the Italian Serie A should have met for an emergency meeting on Sunday.
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. This should apply from the 2024/25 season. Two of the four new places are no longer to be awarded, as has been the case up to now, 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.
The decision seemed a formality
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. 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.
According to the AP news agency, the plans for the Super League should include 15 permanent members, plus five more teams. A total of 3.5 billion euros should initially be available for the 15 founding associations, of which the top six should each receive 350 million euros.