Since Monday, several states, including France and the United Kingdom, have stepped up to denounce the plan to create the Super League. A rare outcry, which contributed to the general sling leading to the departure of the six Premier League clubs on Tuesday.
As soon as the announcement on Monday April 19 of the creation of the Super League, several governments declared their disagreement with this closed league project. France was also one of the first countries to speak with the United Kingdom. An unprecedented position.
President Emmanuel Macron, from Monday April 19, affirmed his support for UEFA and FIFA. “The French State will support all the steps taken by the LFP, the FFF, UEFA and FIFA to protect the integrity of federal competitions, whether national or European”, declared the head of state. A position reiterated by Roxana Maracineanu, the Minister for Sports: “A system without sporting criteria for accession which brings together a VIP club of a few powerful represents not only the negation of sporting merit but also a real danger for the world of football. (..) France is in support of UEFA and world bodies to protect football from this market madness. ”
Tuesday April 20, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune added by calling for a front against the creation of the Super League. “It is the drift of a system, the one that puts money in football before the party, which is the system of king’s money, which excludes merit, solidarity. (…) We must exclude this guy closed competition, money-based, full stop “, he said at the microphone of France Info Tuesday. France has also said it is ready to look into European law to help UEFA sanction dissident clubs.
Across the Channel, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also stepped up to the plate shortly after the announcement, when England was to be the most represented country in this Super League, with six clubs involved. “We are going to see what we can do with the football authorities to make sure this project does not go any further. In any case, I do not think this is good news for the fans and for British football.” , the tenant of 10 Downing Street said Monday. On Tuesday April 20, the head of the British government confirmed his position and assured that“no measure (was) excluded” by the government to stop the project of a dissident European Super League, after a meeting with the authorities of English football.
A few hours later, the six formations of the Albion founding members of the Super League project (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham) finally gave up their engagement. What to calm a little the strong anger across the Channel.
Even if more temperate than their neighbors, Spain, Italy and Greece have also taken a stand. The Spanish government denounced this Super League project to him, stating in a press release that the government “born [soutenait] not the initiative to create a Super Football League “. Same story in Italy, where Prime Minister Mario Draghi explained “strongly support the positions of the Italian and European football authorities to protect national competitions, meritocratic values and the social functions of sport”. In Greece, the news also got out of hand. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the Super League on Tuesday April 20 a“mistake”. “The proposal by a few wealthy clubs to form a closed league breaks completely with the history and tradition of football,” he stressed.
A new political speech that did not escape the UEFA president. In a tweet, Aleksander Čeferin welcomed the support: “This crisis will make us stronger, and football stronger than ever, because the authorities have finally understood the importance of football for European society.”