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World’s biggest football clubs confirm plan for new Super League – Deadline

Twelve of Europe’s biggest football clubs have confirmed their agreement to create a new midweek competition, the Super League.

The seismic and highly controversial proposals, which involve the game’s biggest clubs such as Manchester United, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus, have dominated European news services tonight.

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. Three more clubs are expected to join ahead of the inaugural season, which is expected to start as soon as possible.

The idea is that the teams will continue to compete in their respective national leagues. However, this notion has been rejected by national bodies such as the Premier League in the UK.

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Among the big clubs not to join the plan are the German giant Bayern Munich and the French champions PSG.

Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid and first president of the Super League, confirmed the new format and said: “We will help football at all levels and bring it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with over four billion fans and our responsibility as great clubs is to fulfill their wishes.

Supporting the new European League, Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus and Vice-President of the Super League commented: “Our 12 founding clubs represent billions of fans around the world and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, transforming European competition, placing the game we love on a sustainable basis for a long-term future, dramatically increasing solidarity and giving fans and amateur players a flow. regular big titles that nurture their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models. “

Joel Glazer, Manchester United Co-President and Super League Vice-President added: “By bringing together the world’s biggest clubs and players to compete against each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter. for European football, ensuring world-class competitions and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid. “

The plan has been widely criticized by experts, national and European football authorities and key politicians. Social media has been inundated with contempt for the one-sided land grabbing by club owners, which was undertaken without consultation with fans and amid a global pandemic. The move would seriously compromise the UEFA Champions League and have significant repercussions for domestic leagues.

UEFA hit on the proposal tonight: “The clubs concerned will be banned to play in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players may be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams. “

Meanwhile, the potential implications for global broadcasters are huge, both in terms of existing contracts and future contracts.

However, the level of fury over the plans has been such that some pundits have expressed skepticism about the viability of the move, and others have suggested it was a ploy to strengthen negotiations between the clubs over the deals. existing broadcasting.

We have more of this developing story here, including streamer DAZN’s refusal to be involved in the plans.

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