Twelve clubs are said to be on the verge of formalizing the creation of a European Super League which would compete with the Champions League. In a statement, UEFA threatened these teams with sanctions.
On the eve of a decisive meeting in which it was to formalize the reform of the Champions League, UEFA reacted to the latest rumors of the willingness of twelve European clubs to announce the creation of a Super League . The New York Times was the first, early Sunday afternoon, to provide details on this future formalization: six English clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham), three Spanish (Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid) and three Italians (AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus) could communicate in the evening on the creation of this new competition, which would compete and undermine the competitiveness of the historic Champions League.
Faced with this threat hanging over it, UEFA reacted in prevention, even before the announcement made by the twelve clubs concerned. In a statement published late Sunday afternoon, the body that manages European football evokes “some English, Spanish and Italian clubs which could plan to announce the creation of a so called “Closed Super League”“, describing the project as”cynical“and thanking”clubs from other countries, especially French and German, who refused to join the project“. A statement in line with the words of Aleksandr Ceferin, the president of UEFA, who has always opposed this idea of a European Super League.
To encourage the clubs concerned to abandon this project for a new competition, which would bring very large financial returns to the teams who would participate in it, UEFA has especially raised the threat of sanctions, like FIFA. The latter announced a few months ago that players who would participate in the European Super League would be banned from the World Cup. “Affected clubs will be prohibited from participating in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players may be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.“, writes UEFA in its press release.
By pulling the rug out from under the twelve clubs with this press release, UEFA is trying to prevent any secessionist maneuver on the eve of its decisive meeting on Monday. In agreement with FIFA – which some suspected of pushing in favor of the creation of the Super League – UEFA said it was ready to “consider all the legal and sporting measures that are presented to us to prevent“to see a new competition emerge. Between the twelve clubs concerned and UEFA, war is declared.