UEFA charges against the Super League: “Players will not be able to represent their national teams”

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in a draw in Geneva in October.

The president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, charged this Monday in a forceful way against the new European Super League, whose creation had been announced hours before by 12 of the main clubs on the continent, led by Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United: ” The Super League is a spit in the face of football and our society, “he said after the April meeting of the Executive Committee of the European body.

Ceferin also launched a specific threat against the players who participate in this competition: “The players who play in the teams that can play in the Super League will not be able to represent their national teams in any game,” he said. However, he admitted that his legal services have yet to determine how to exclude both players and teams from their competitions. Something they intend to do “as soon as possible.”

The president of the European organization said in a telematic appearance before a group of international media, among which was EL PAÍS, that the opposition to the new project was overwhelming: soccer is part of our society. It’s a nonsense project, “he said, criticizing the” greed “of the 12 rebel teams. “I don’t want to call them dirty 12.”

The UEFA Executive Committee had its April meeting scheduled for this Monday, and its agenda included that it would deal with a new format for the Champions League, which would come into force from the 2024-2025 season and which had been agreed with the European Club Association (ECA), under the presidency of Andrea Agnelli, also Juventus’ top president.

This format includes increasing the number of participating clubs from 32 to 36, as well as a redesign of the competition format, which will allow each team to play at least 10 games, instead of the current six in the group stage. That division into eight groups of four teams for the initial phase disappears, in favor of what is known as the Swiss system. Not all teams play against everyone. Each would face two of their level (determined by coefficients), three of the next, three of the penultimate and two of the last. Five games at home and five away, but only one match against each opponent. From there comes a single classification from which the first 16 are crossed for the eighth, quarterfinal, semifinal and final, with two-legged qualifiers.

In addition to the new format from 2024, the Executive Committee had to deal with “the financial distribution for the 2021-2024 cycle ″” of the UEFA men’s competitions, one of the reasons why the founding clubs of the Superliga have put in The project is underway: they believe they should receive more income from European competitions than what UEFA currently provides them with. The new Champions model agreed by UEFA and the ECA increases the income of the clubs, but the founders of the Superliga consider that insufficient.

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