The German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL) started the creation of the Super League “with great shock”. “It is irresponsible and unacceptable to put the established cooperation at risk,” says a joint statement by the associations: “Also and especially in view of the global corona crisis, it should be clear what football with its values should stand for: solidarity instead of egoism . “
They will support “all countermeasures announced by FIFA and UEFA, but also by the national leagues and associations concerned”. Among other things, the umbrella associations want to exclude teams and players from their competitions.
“We are aware that this can also affect the appointment of German national players who are under contract with Super League clubs,” the statement said. Specifically, Toni Kroos from Real Madrid, Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ilkay Gündogan from Manchester City and Antonio Rüdiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner from Chelsea would be absent from the European and World Cups.
One should “not allow the financial interests of a few top clubs from England, Spain and Italy to result in the abolition of tried and tested structures,” the DFB and DFL continued: “Football in Europe also lives from the fact that it is theoretically possible for every club to to compete with the best on the continent. This dream must not be replaced by an almost closed society. “
With the reform of the Champions League, German football had already made a “painful compromise” in order to prevent such an outbreak of the top clubs. The point now is to find a common solution after all. “This is what the DFB and DFL will do more than ever with their options,” emphasize the associations.