The Super League seems to be falling apart spectacularly less than 48 hours after the great football revolution was proclaimed.
Total implosion of the billion-dollar league: The new hyper-commercial event, the Super League, collapsed in an extremely spectacular manner two days after the great football revolution was proclaimed. Five of the six English giants buckled in the protest storm on Tuesday and withdrew: Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC. Chelsea FC and Atletico Madrid are to follow. According to SPOX and goal prepares Chelsea to hand over withdrawal papers. The super league – it is practically dead.
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris St.-Germain had previously sent both clear and painful rejections. It was “absolutely the right decision” by the English clubs, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already said before the fall of the first domino, Manchester City: “I hope others will follow.”
The project of the “Big 12”, twelve world clubs of the super-rich, pushed by JPMorgan, will become a misfire mocked around the world – with the clear winners FIFA, UEFA and the newly reformed Champions League, whose commercial changes the fans will now probably swallow with joy. Around 1,000 Chelsea fans cheered at Stamford Bridge, who actually wanted to protest.
Manchester City “can confirm that the club is withdrawing from the group that is developing plans for a Super League,” said the Premier League leaders in a one-liner a little later. The four other clubs followed suit. Manchester United managing director Ed Woodward, a driving force behind the league, announced his departure.
FC Bayern with a clear no to the Super League
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin commented on the crumbling of the phalanx with pleasure. “I am very happy to welcome City back to the European football family. You have shown great cleverness,” said the Slovenian. Until the turnaround, it had looked as if Real Madrid, Liverpool and the like wanted to do their thing against all odds – for that they were seen as a “dirty dozen”. Initially, there were no withdrawals to report from Spain or Italy.
The fans of the German grandees don’t have to worry anyway. Record champions FC Bayern and, according to SID information, also Borussia Dortmund definitely excluded participation. “On behalf of the board I can expressly state that FC Bayern does not take part in the Super League,” said club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and emphasized: “FC Bayern is in solidarity with the Bundesliga. For FC Bayern, the Champions League is the worldwide best club competition. “
BVB will definitely not play along in the Brösel construct. Internally, according to SID information, it is “set in stone” that the club will not join the plans under any circumstances. In any case, the club had neither an inquiry nor a concrete offer nor a deadline from the league. However, clear communication is difficult due to stock exchange law obligations.
The major football associations and their three newly elected top German officials had committed themselves to the common fight against the renegades. Legally, the rebels’ chances were assessed as good: “From a purely legal point of view, UEFA has no chance of enforcing its threats,” said the renowned sports law specialist Anne Jakob: “The trend is actually to open up the markets and allow competitive leagues Europe plans it that way. “
Real President Florentino Perez did not want to be threatened. “Madrid will not be thrown out of the Champions League, definitely not,” said the Spaniard, who was to be the ESL boss: “Not anyone else either. That is impossible. The players can also stay calm.”
Star coach Pep Guardiola turned against the owners of his club ManCity. All Liverpool players also published a joint statement: No to the Super League! 14 Premier League clubs had previously strongly condemned the six English clubs and called on them to withdraw. Then the first domino fell: ManCity. Others fell too.