Already before the officialization this Monday at midnight ‘Super League’ by 12 English, Spanish and Italian clubs, the project has elicited total rejection in much of the football world and political leaders
“The clubs concerned would be banned from participating in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players could be denied the possibility of representing their national teams “, warns UEFA
“The President of the Republic celebrates the position of the French clubs to refuse to participate in a European Football Super League project that threatens the principle of solidarity and sporting merit
Even before the officialization this Monday at central European midnight (22h00 GMT) of the ‘Super League’ by 12 English, Spanish and Italian clubs, the project has already aroused hostility from the football world and of political leaders.
‘Too much is too much’
“We will remain united with the goal of ending this cynical project, a project founded on the personal interest of some at a time when society is more than ever seeking solidarity, “UEFA said in a statement on Sunday.
“We consider all possible resources, at all levels, both legal and sports, with the aim of preventing this. Soccer is based on competitions open and in sporting merit, it cannot be otherwise, “he added.
And he recalled the possible sanctions: “the clubs concerned would be banned from participating in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players could be denied the possibility of representing their national teams. “
“This lingering concern of a few for its sole interest it has lasted too long. Too much is too much, “added UEFA.
FIFA released a statement following the announcement by the ‘Super League’ promoters to say it disapproved a “European separatist league closed, outside the structures of football “.
“FIFA wishes to clarify that it stands firm in favor of solidarity in football and a model of equitable redistribution “, wrote the Zurich-based institution.
“It calls on all parties involved in these talks to initiate a calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the sake of this game, “he added.
For the Premier League, that organizes the very profitable and followed worldwide English championship, “fans of all English clubs and across Europe they can dream that their team can climb to the top and play against the best. “
“We believe that the concept of Super League it would destroy this dream, “he added.
For the German Football League, “the economic interest of a few high-level clubs of England, Italy and Spain should not lead to the creation of a European superstructure, would be particularly irresponsible and would have an irreparable impact at the national championships. “
“The hegemonic dreams of an oligarchy would have as a consequence the disappearance of a European system that has allowed football an unprecedented development on the European continent, “added the French Football Federation and the Professional Football League of the French country.
The ‘Super League’ project It provoked political reactions, mainly from France and the United Kingdom.
“The President of the Republic celebrates the position of the French clubs to refuse to participate in a European Football Super League project that threatens the principle of solidarity and sporting merit. The French State will support all the procedures of the LFP (French Professional Football League), of the FFF (French Football Federation), UEFA and FIFA to protect the integrity of federal competitions, whether they are national or European, “Elíseo, headquarters of the French head of state, told AFP.
“A system without sports access criteria that brings together a VIP club of various powerful represents not only the denial of sporting merit but also a real danger for the world of football “, declared the Delegate Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, in a statement transmitted to AFP.
For British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this project “would be very harmful to football.”“This would hit our national football in the heart and it would raise the concern of fans in the country, “he wrote on Twitter.
Former Manchester United player and former English international Gary Neville did not hold his tongue in sharing his frontal opposition to this new competition.
“I’m disgusted, it’s a shame absolute “, he affirmed.
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“The owners of those clubs They only go after money, they are impostors and they have nothing to do in football in this country, with his fans and his hundred years of history. This is a joke, enough is enough. It is a criminal act against football fans, “he told Sky.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.