Published: Mon, April 19, 2021
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Top European Clubs Agree to Super League That Would Rival Champions League

Top European Clubs Agree to Super League That Would Rival Champions League

In January, FIFA and UEFA threatened to ban any "super league" players from global tournaments, including the World Cup, a position which the European Union supported and was echoed in Sunday's UEFA statement.

Liverpool, Manchester United, Barça and Real Madrid are among the teams who have agreed to join a super league in 2022 that would rival the UEFA Champions League. It diminishes competition. It pulls up the drawbridge.

"It is illegitimate, irresponsible and anti-competitive by design".

The timing is interesting because on Monday UEFA was due to confirm changes to the format of the Champions League.

Secret talks have been taking place for years about generating a bigger prize pot for the biggest teams in Europe, but a plan has accelerated since last autumn. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion exclusively to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic.

On Sunday night football was on the brink of civil war over the plans, with Uefa announcing it would take legal action against the "cynical project", and the Premier League also angrily attacking the money-grabbing plan.

Gary Neville, Ferguson's former captain, interrupted his commentary on Sky Sports' coverage of United's match against Burnley to criticise the breakaway plans.

"I am disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool most".

Fans groups, including those from Manchester United and Arsenal, said in an open letter to ECA chairman and Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli that the plans to restructure the Champions League "present a serious threat to the entire game".

"Liverpool, they pretend "You'll Never Walk Alone", the people's club, the fans' club. That's the way football has become now and it's an absolute disgrace if I'm honest".

"United, and the rest of the 'Big Six" clubs that have signed up to it, against the rest of the Premier League, should be ashamed of themselves, ' he said. Following emergency meetings, they have also written to the clubs directly and warned that such a breakaway would amount to a direct breach of league rules.

"Fans of any club in England and across Europe can now dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best", the Premier League said in a statement.

UEFA said it had learnt that clubs from those countries "may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League".

In France, where Qatari-backed behemoth Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly refused overtures to join the money-spinning breakaway competition, Macron said the proposal "threatened the principle of sporting merit".

The audacity for some of the clubs to want a breakaway such as this when they aren't even in the Champions League itself or/and haven't won the European Cup.

It caps a tumultuous week for Serie A after seven clubs submitted a written request for Dal Pino to resign over issues including his management of plans to sell a stake in the league's media business.

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