Super League would have 'serious' impact on pro football

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 8, 2018

According to Der Spiegel, the 16-team Super League would replace the Champions League from 2021 and would feature 16 teams, including 11 "founders" who could not be relegated for the first 20 years.

European Leagues has backed UEFA control of club football across the continent amid reports of a "super league" breakaway.

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Real Madrid is one of the clubs where the competitive model has already been presented, and that the idea includes other European football powerhouses such as Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, among others.

Football Supporters' Federation chair Malcolm Clarke said: "Yet again there is a far-reaching proposal being drawn up by big clubs whose primary interest is making as much money as possible without any consultation with fans at club, national or European level".

The body representing football clubs in Europe - European Leagues - said on Tuesday it strongly opposed the creation of a Super League for a select group of elite clubs.

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The European Leagues group (EL), representing 25 domestic leagues including England's Premier League, Germany's Bundesliga and Spain's La Liga, voiced "strong opposition" to any such plan yesterday.

According to the document a further five clubs - Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Internazionale and Roma - would also appear as "initial guests".

Opponents have warned that any such split could have serious consequences for domestic football around Europe.

The move would be strongly opposed by the United Kingdom government, according to the Telegraph, and Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin also promised on Monday to "fight against" the idea. To see Juve vs. Bayern every week would be more boring than let's say Juve vs. Torino.

'Within this context, the European Leagues fully support UEFA in the management and organisation of European Club Competitions and shares with UEFA the common principle of protecting and enhancing competitive balance in European football'. "It's no question for me that I will fight and do all I can against such a league for as long as I am here".

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