News broke last night that plans has been made by the ‘six big clubs’ of the English Premier League and by clubs from La Ligue and Serie A to create a European Super League to act as a rival league to the UEFA Champions League.
The league is planned to include 20 clubs with 15 founding clubs and a qualifying procedure for a further five teams to qualify based on the team’s achievements in the season prior. It would be made up of mid-week fixtures to avoid clashes with each team’s respective domestic league. The league would start in August with clubs playing in two groups of 10 with the top three teams in each group qualifying for the league’s quarter final’s. Clubs in fourth and fifth place would also have the ability to compete in the quarter finals if they won a play-off match against each other. The league would then proceed using a knock out format seen in competitions like the Europa League final stages to determine who would play in the league’s final which would be hosted at a neutral venue. There is also plans to launch a women’s Super League down the line.
Clubs involved in the Super League include:
The league plans have been met with extreme backlash and anger from fans around the world as fans feel as if they are just numbers and money deposits to their clubs and not the vital lifeline they truly are. The hashtag #AgainstTheEuropeanSuperLeague has been created as the topic has continued to trend on Twitter as fans continue to show distaste for the league. Fans have slammed the creation of the league as a cash grab and an insult to fans around the globe.
Football personalities from all areas of the game have spoke out against the league with UEFA and FIFA condemning the league and all teams that want to be involved. UEFA has said they are not afraid to impose punishments and The FA have said they will launch legal battles over the matter and block club’s applications to join the league.
Fifa released a statement which said: “In our view, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable financial redistribution.”
It isn’t just fans and football personalities speaking out against the Super League as the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoke out against the plans and says he and his government will do everything they can to prevent the league from forming.
Boris Johnson said:” Plans for a European Super League would be very damaging for football and we support football authorities in taking action. They would strike at the heart of the domestic game, and will concern fans across the country.
“The clubs involved must answer to their fans and the wider footballing community before taking any further steps.”
More to follow…