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Earthquake in European football.
This has defined the decision of 12 important European football clubs to establish a European Super League that will be played during the week and that is seen by the bodies that regulate this sport as a dissident competition.
The Milan, Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur teams are the founding members of this Super League.
They will be joined by three other clubs that will be invited to take part in the competition as founding teams.
The French and German clubs have not joined the initiative.
Under the agreement announced this Sunday, the teams will receive a net grant in advance of approximately 3.5 billion euros (about US $ 4.19 billion).
UEFA, the European football regulatory body, and representatives of the national football leagues and federations expressed their rejection of the decision and it is not ruled out that they will adopt punishment measures.
How is the proposed format
The league will have 20 teams: the 12 founding members plus the three unnamed clubs that are expected to join soon, and another five that will be ranked annually based on their achievements in national competitions.
It will start in August, with matches during the week, and clubs will be divided into two groups of 10 that they will play with each other in their own field and someone else’s.
The top three clubs in each group will qualify for the quarterfinals, and the teams finishing fourth and fifth will play a play-off to fill the two vacant positions.
From there, the Super League will have the same elimination format that is used in the Champions League and the final will be a single game in May on a neutral field.
Effects of the pandemic
In a statement, the European Super League stated: “Looking forward, the founding clubs look forward to having discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together with the aim of delivering the best results for the new league and for football as a whole.
“The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability of the current economic model of European football.”
“In recent months there have been extensive discussions with stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions,” the statement continued.
“The founding clubs believe that the solutions proposed after these conversations do not resolve the fundamental issues, including the need to deliver higher quality matches and additional resources for the global soccer pyramid. “
The bodies that regulate European and international football as well as the national leagues rejected this European Super League and classified it as a dissident competition.
The news comes 24 hours before UEFA’s long-awaited announcement of its plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League.
Before the creation of the European Super League was confirmed, UEFA had issued a strong statement together with the English, Spanish and Italian football leagues and federations in which it said that they were willing to use “all measures” to face any leak. of clubs.
“The clubs in question will be prohibited from playing in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams,” UEFA said.
“We are grateful to clubs in other countries, especially French and German clubs, who have refused to adhere to this. We call on all football lovers … to join us in the fight against a project of this type “, indicated the continental entity.
Other rejection reactions
The initiative has also been condemned by former players such as former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who called it “an absolute disgrace” and said club owners are motivated by “pure greed“.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron declared that he welcomes “the position of French clubs to refuse to participate in a European Football Super League project that threatens the principle of solidarity and sporting merit.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also opposed the move.
Previously, the board of directors of the Italian league, Serie A, held an emergency meeting on the situation, but no further details were known.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.