European Leagues strongly oppose creation of football "Super League"

Rex Christensen
November 8, 2018

These revelations show a tournament of 16 clubs - the founding 11 would be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Infantino said his plan - potentially featuring at least 12 European clubs in a 24-team line-up, and worth a promised $US3 billion ($A4.1 billion) every four years - was a good alternative to a private closed league.

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 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.

As part of their plans, the clubs allegedly discussed "an option for leaving the national leagues and their football associations behind entirely".

'The Leagues support the European sports model, based on a pyramid structure where the mechanisms of promotion and relegation and the sporting merits of clubs are at the core of any competition.

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"Proposals for a closed Super League will have serious and lasting implications for the long-term sustainability of professional football in Europe".

Der Spiegel claimed on Friday that talks had reached an advanced stage over a competition that could start as early as 2021, but according to the Telegraph, United and Arsenal have been the leading voices in resisting the change. FC Bayern is also unaware of why it is listed in a document quoted in this context by "Der Spiegel".

Bayern Munich and PSG did respond and said they weren't aware of the document or the content.

Speaking to Sky, Rummenigge suggested the club could consider legal action.

"We have never questioned that".

"I can only say that the whole (Spiegel) article has a tabloid style, containing half-truths and untruths, which do not correspond to the facts", he added scathingly.

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