Twelve European clubs have said that they plan to launch a breakaway league. So, is a Super League confirmed, even as UEFA threatened a ban for the twelve clubs and their players?
Twelve clubs have confirmed in an official statement on Sunday night that plans for the formation of a European Super League are underway.
UEFA said earlier Sunday that players from the 12 clubs faced international exile. Previously, they called the new competition “boring”.
They now described Super League as “a cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs”.
Super League Confirmed Press Release
Despite this threat of an international ban, twelve clubs are planning to establish Super League confirmed as a breakaway competition.
A statement by the group confirmed: “AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs.”
The founding clubs will receive “a one-time payment of the order of 3.5 billion euros”.
If the figure of 3.5 billion euros is confirmed, it will represent a greater revenue than currently generated by UEFA. The UEFA club competitions together generated 3.2 billion euros in TV revenue in 2018-2019. This includes Champions League, Europa League, and European Super Cup.
Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United and vice-chairman of the Super League, talked about the motivation behind this new competition.
“By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid,” he said.
The Super League said they hoped to work with UEFA and FIFA to avoid a civil war in the sport.
“Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole,” they stated.
Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid and the chairman of the Super League, also spoke up. He insisted that the game would benefit football as a whole.
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world,” he said. “Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”