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The English Premier League “Big Six” clubs are expected to be part of plans for a breakaway European Super League. An announcement is planned for Sunday evening. Sky news understands.
The English clubs involved are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham.
The project was launched to keep up with the UEFA Champions League format that currently dominates European football.
Sky News’ Mark Kleinman, the city’s editor, said: “To the best of my knowledge, 12 clubs from across Europe, including the six largest English clubs, have joined this new format. Others include Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid.”
Kleinman added, “The new league has a staggering amount of money to be passed on to the participating clubs. JP Morgan, the American bank, has allocated around US $ 5 billion for this new project.
“And this will happen after the finances of European clubs have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. This is one of the reasons why so many of Europe’s biggest clubs have decided that after years the time is right to start a European Super League is. ” / off discussions about such a project. “
Sky Sports News has reached out to the six Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham, who have both refused to respond to the proposals, for comment.
Masters: The Premier League cannot support the Super League concept
The Premier League executive director Richard Masters has written to all 20 clubs in the league in England to express his opposition to the new project.
Mr Masters told the 20 that “this company cannot start without English clubs and we urge every club to band together or join this company to leave immediately before irreparable damage is done”.
“We cannot and cannot support such a concept,” says the master’s memo.
“The rules of the Premier League include an obligation for clubs to stay within the football pyramid and forbid all clubs from participating in competitions beyond those listed in rule L9 without the permission of the Premier League board.
“I can’t think of a scenario in which such permission would be given.”
The move to create a rival league is seen as a surprise by some in football after the European Club Association (ECA), which represents 246 of the continent’s top clubs, endorsed UEFA reforms.
UEFA has proposed an increase from 32 teams in the Champions League to 36 and an overhaul of the group stage into a single table instead of the current groups of four clubs.
The teams would each play 10 games in the group stage rather than the six they are currently playing, and a playoff round would also be introduced before the final 16.
There have been reports of a breakaway league plan for several years, and speculation returned in January with multiple media reports that a document had been drawn up setting out plans for a 20-team league.
These reports led FIFA and UEFA to warn that they would ban players involved in an outlier from participating in the World Cup or the European Championship.
The Premier League’s appeal is “undermined” by the European Super League
The Premier League has pushed through plans for a breakaway European league, issuing the following statement: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and merit that are at the heart of the national and European football pyramid.
“Fans of a club in England and across Europe can currently dream of their team climbing to the top and playing against the best. We believe the concept of a European Super League would destroy that dream.
“The Premier League prides itself on having a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivaled financial contribution to the national football pyramid.
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“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the game as a whole and deeply damage the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, as well as those in football who depend on our funding and solidarity to succeed.”
“We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, and other stakeholders both domestically and internationally, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.”
UEFA promises to prevent the European Super League
In a joint statement with national governing bodies and top leagues in England, Italy and Spain, UEFA strongly condemned the plans discussed by some of the continent’s elite clubs, stressing that the organizations will and will all unite in rejecting the “cynical” initiative Use the methods available to them, including legal action, to prevent the system from being put into practice.
The governing body of European football also stipulates that teams participating in such a league will not be allowed to participate in other competitions at “national, European or global level” and that players may be prevented from representing their countries.
UEFA has also praised clubs in France and Germany that, according to the governing body, have refused to take part in discussions about a European Super League concept.
A full statement read: “UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Association (RFEF) and La Liga, as well as the Italian Football Association (FIGC) and the Serie A Lega have learned that some English, Spanish and Italians Clubs may be planning to found a closed, so-called Super League.
“In this case, we would like to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English Federation, RFEF, FIGC, Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all of our member associations – in ours Efforts remain united to stop this cynical project, a project based on the self-interest of some clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.
“We will examine all the measures available to us at all levels, both in the judiciary and in sport, to prevent this from happening. Football is based on open competition and sporting merit. It cannot be otherwise.”
“As announced by FIFA and the six associations, the clubs concerned are prohibited from participating in other competitions at national, European or global level and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Man Utd Manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Man City Manager Pep Guardiola gesture during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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“We would like to thank the clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs that have refused to join. We urge all football fans, supporters and politicians to join us in fighting against such a project. This ongoing self-interest is announced a few took too long. Enough is enough. “
In January, FIFA stated that a breakaway league would not be recognized and that “a club or player participating in such a competition may therefore not participate in a competition organized by FIFA or its respective association” – which means that players would be banned from the World Cup.
FA: The idea of the European Super League is harmful
The Football Association has announced that it will not authorize any team to join such a league and that it will work with FIFA and the above bodies to ensure the “integrity” and “future” of the game preserved.
A statement said: “The FA has been made aware of certain English clubs that are planning to form a closed European Super League with other European clubs. It is clear that this would damage English and European football at all levels and the We will attack principles of open competition and sporting merits that are fundamental to competitive sport.
“Authorization from the relevant national federations, the association and / or FIFA is required for the formation of new competitions involving clubs from different associations. We would not give authorization for competitions that would harm English football, and it would legal provisions will be issued. ” and / or regulatory measures necessary to protect the broader interests of the game.
“We note that FIFA confirmed earlier this year that it and the six confederations would not recognize such a competition. As a result, any player or club involved may not be allowed to participate in an official competition that is under the auspices of the FIFA or their respective organizations falls. ” Confederation.
“The FA will continue to work with UEFA, FIFA and the Premier League to ensure that nothing is approved that has the potential to harm English football. We will be with fans like the Premier League, the EFL, the PFA and the LMA work together. ” as well as other stakeholders at home and abroad to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game. “
DCMS Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Government Secretary Oliver Dowden criticized the proposals and involvement of the six English sides, adding that he would be “bitterly disappointed” if one step towards the creation of a European Super League would take place.
He tweeted: “Football fans are the heartbeat of our national sport and all major decisions should have their support.
“For many fans, we fear that this plan could create a closed store at the top of our national game. Sustainability, integrity and fair competition are of paramount importance and anything that undermines this is deeply troubling and harmful to football.
“We have a football pyramid where money from the world’s successful Premier League flows into the leagues and local communities. I would be bitterly disappointed if steps were taken to destroy this.”
“A defining moment for English and European football”
Analysis by Bryan Swanson, Chief Reporter of Sky Sports News …
“This is an important development that Europe’s top clubs are involved in and its importance should not be underestimated. Yes, we’ve been here before, but it feels different.
“UEFA’s quick, angry response has been summed up in three words: ‘Enough is enough’. They are furious on the eve of their own announcement of changes in the Champions League after 2024.
“The Premier League has also made clear its strong opposition and CEO Richard Masters has contacted them to emphasize the importance of ending all talks about a planned European outlier.
“Under Premier League rule L.9, which all 20 clubs join, clubs must obtain ‘prior written approval from the board of directors’ when participating in anything other than the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and the FA Community Shield wish to participate, Carabao Cup, or any other competition approved by the district association.
“Any player whose club agrees to take part in an unauthorized competition also risks not taking part in the World Cup and the European Championship.”
“This is about much more than an additional, highly lucrative European league. In essence, it is about the basis of football competitions.”
Chelsea face Brighton in their first Premier League game of the 2020/21 season.
Neville: Subtract points from the six Premier League clubs
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville:
“I’m not against modernizing football competitions, we have the Premier League, we have the Champions League. But in the midst of COVID, in the midst of the economic crisis that is affecting all clubs, making proposals is absolute.” Scandal.
“United and the rest of the six big clubs that signed up against the rest of the Premier League should be ashamed.
“European Super League? Arsenal in? You just drew Fulham, Manchester United v Burnley. I can’t focus on the game. It’s a joke to sign up for the Super League during one season, they should deduct points . ” all six. “
Sky Sports’ Roy Keane:
“It depends on money, greed, it doesn’t sound good. Let’s hope it stops because it’s pure greed. We’re talking about the big clubs, Bayern Munich is one of the biggest in the world, at least they have made a stand, which is a beginning. “
Micah Richards from Sky Sports:
“The Premier League has been run amazingly well and clubs are businesses and investments. But what happens to the fans, the memories of what the fans have had over the years?
“Should they be forgotten for the sake of the money? It became football, it’s an absolute shame.”