Breakaway European Super League Set To Be Announced Sunday

Alonzo Simpson
April 19, 2021

European soccer's governing body UEFA has warned clubs linked to a breakaway Super League that they face being banned from domestic and global competitions if they set up a rival to the Champions League. Here, the PA news agency looks at the situation.

"I'm a Manchester United fan and I have been for 40 years of my life but I'm absolutely disgusted", he told Sky Sports.

"They should deduct six points off all six teams that have signed up to it".

"The others include Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid". Notably, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain were not included. Why has this one emerged now? Why would you even want to challenge the Champions League?

EFL chairman Rick Parry says it would be a "major threat" to the Carabao Cup and the FA also wrote to UEFA to express its concerns.

What are the Champions League changes?

All teams would play 10 fixtures (an increase on the present six) with opponents determined by a seeding system based on what is known as the "Swiss model".

The top three in each group qualify for the quarter-finals, with the teams in fourth and fifth playing a two-legged play-off for the two remaining spots.

Arsenal now sit ninth in the Premier League, well off the pace in the race to qualify for Europe, while Liverpool and Chelsea are both also now outside the Champions League spots.

Matchdays would be spread across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings to maximise broadcast income.

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"We have a football pyramid where funds from the globally successful Premier League flow down the leagues and into local communities".

Principally by being guaranteed entry - and the revenue that goes with it - each year.

Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: "The "super league" proposal leaked today cuts across all the things that make football great". This would eliminate that risk.

In a separate statement on Sunday, the Premier League said it "condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit" following reports that six of its clubs were supporting a European Super League.

What has been the reaction?

He added: "In the midst of a pandemic, an economic crisis, football clubs at National League level going bust almost, furloughing players, clubs on the edge in League One and Two - and these lot are having Zoom calls about breaking away and basically creating more greed?"

"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". The Football Association echoed those sentiments and added it would "take any legal and/or regulatory action necessary to protect the broader interests of the English game".

A joint statement from UEFA, the English Football Association, the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation and Lega Serie A said they had "learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League".

"This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long".

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