As could be assumed, there will be upheavals in European football. The news that the richest clubs have reached an agreement on the formation of the European Super League and that the project will soon be officially presented quickly met with a reaction from the European Football Federation, along with national federations and leagues in England, Spain and Italy.
And, it is written in a rather sharp tone ... UEFA warns everyone who joins this idea that they will be suspended from national and international competitions, calls on the support of FIFA, and also threatens the players of those clubs that they will not be able to play for their national teams.
"UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League."
"If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever."
"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way."
"As previously announced by FIFA and the six Confederations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams."
"We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this. We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced.
This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough."
Juventus, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United have been announced as signatories to the document on the establishment of the Super League, which should be presented to the public soon, with the support of Inter, Milan, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain. The planned budget for this competition is reportedly five billion euros, and we will see what will happen after this threatening announcement. The promotion of the new format of the Champions League, which should start to be applied from the 2024/25 season, has certainly been announced for Monday. The plan is to increase the number of participants to 36 and abolish the group phase.