Twelve of Europe’s top football clubs announced on Sunday they are forming a breakaway European Super League. Among these clubs are the Premier League’s “Big Six” in Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid from La Liga, and Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan from Serie A.
The move launches a battle for the sport and its revenue, as the European Super League sets up to rival UEFA’s established Champions League tournament, and has already received criticism from football authorities. Both FIFA and UEFA have already released statements against the rival league.
FIFA official statement 🚨
“FIFA can only express its DISAPPROVAL to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles”.
So, UEFA and FIFA are both *against* the #SuperLeague.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 18, 2021
UEFA, meanwhile, has sent a warning to clubs that they face the possibility of being banned from domestic and international tournaments if they form a rival to the Champions League. The Premier League has also condemned “any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit” after its top teams were reported as among the founders of the European Super League.
Aside from the top football authorities, political leaders have also criticized the move to create a new football league in Europe, including United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, France President Emmanuel Macron, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Former player and English football coach Gary Neville also condemned the move and the support that it has received from England’s top clubs, suggesting points should be deducted and heavy fines should be given to those who will support the breakaway league.
So far, no clubs from Germany or France have expressed their desire to join the European Super League.