Uefa And Premier League Condemn 12 Major Clubs Signing Up For European Super League
Uefa and the Premier League have condemned 12 major European clubs, including the ‘big six’ from England, signing up to a breakaway European Super League (ESL).
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are part of the group.
La Liga’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid and Serie A’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are involved.
Uefa said it will use “all measures” possible to stop the “cynical project”.
Senior figures at European football’s governing body are furious about the proposals.
Uefa released a joint statement, together with England’s Football Association, the Premier League, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), La Liga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as well as Serie A, on Sunday.
They said they will “remain united” in trying to stop the breakaway, using both judicial and sporting measures if required.
In a separate statement, the Premier League said it condemned the proposal as it “attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart” of domestic and European football.
The European Clubs’ Association (ECA), which represents Europe’s clubs, held an emergency meeting on Sunday in the wake of the reports.
The meeting was chaired by Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar. Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain were among the clubs who were present.
In a statement the ECA said it would be “strongly opposed” to a “closed super league model”.
It has pushed plans for a 36-team Champions League, which Uefa had hoped would head off the formation of a Super League. The Champions League reforms are set to be confirmed on Monday.
The ESL said the founding clubs had agreed to establish a “new midweek competition” with teams continuing to “compete in their respective national leagues”.
It said the inaugural season was “intended to commence as soon as practicable” and “anticipated that a further three clubs” would join the breakaway.
The ESL said it also planned to launch a women’s competition as soon as possible after the men’s tournament starts.