European Leagues strongly oppose creation of football "Super League"

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

European Leagues has backed UEFA control of club football across the continent amid reports of a "super league" breakaway.

Manchester United have expressed concerns about plans for a European Super League.

A new Champions League format may have been recently agreed and Andrea Agnelli of the European Club Association may have spoken about another reformatting of the competition from 2021, but the prospect of an alternative European Super League remains alive.

The organization, made up of 35 European leagues, expressed its disagreement with this idea in a press release, and noted its opposition to any competitions created "on the franchise model".

The statement said domestic football was at "the heart of the game throughout Europe" for players, clubs and fans.

The body representing football clubs in Europe - European Leagues - said on Tuesday it strongly opposed the creation of a Super League for a select group of elite clubs.

'Within this context, the European Leagues fully support UEFA in the management and organisation of European Club Competitions and shares with UEFA the common principle of protecting and enhancing competitive balance in European football'.

Der Spiegel further claimed that the clubs will look to sign a "binding team sheet" this month, in order to commit to the new project.

"FC Bayern is unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League, also reported by Der Spiegel, nor has FC Bayern taken part in negotiations relating to such plans", a statement read.

Bayern Munich and PSG did respond and said they weren't aware of the document or the content.

"I'm confused about the coverage", Bayern chairman Rummenigge, who is also honorary chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), told Sky.

"I am confused about the coverage".

"We have never questioned that".

"That would be the general approach we would follow, but of course lawyers can debate this for a long time".

"I can only say that the whole (Spiegel) article has a tabloid style, containing half-truths and untruths, which do not correspond to the facts", he added scathingly.

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