The power grab that is the European Super League proposal has surfaced yet again. Though this time, there is serious talk.
UEFA were informed about the current plans, while the clubs involved all issued a joint statement formally announcing the creation of the new format late on Sunday night.
This drastic revolution of the face of football as we know it will see Europe’s biggest earners enlist in a closed-shop breakaway league, which will not fly under the UEFA or FIFA flag, but will be of its own.
As it stands, the teams that have reportedly signed up are Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid and, sadly, our very own Liverpool FC.
It is also worth noting that a whopping £310 million will be gifted to these 12 founding members. A report from The Times have also pointed out that two super clubs are not included in the said 12 advocates for the new league – Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, with the latter club deeming it disrespectful to European football as a whole.
If that’s true, hats off to you PSG.
The new Super League would be presented as a 20-team league, with 15 permanent members and five other teams ‘qualifying’ yearly. It would then be split into two groups of 10, with each team playing each other twice at both of their respective stadia.
The top four teams of each group would then advance to a knockout-like format, with quarter and semi finals being played before a final at a neutral stadium. Teams would then be drawn against each other via a ‘best to worst’ system.
This information is based around the ‘knowledge’ that the participating clubs would still play in their own domestic leagues. However, a joint statement from multiple domestic leagues have strictly indicated that this would not be the case.
As the plans resurfaced, UEFA, the FA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), La Liga, the Italian FA (FIGC) and Serie A have released a statement insisting “as previously announced by FIFA and the other six federations, 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.”
They also added that they “will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is in the self-interests of a few clubs when society needs solidarity more than ever”.
The statement added: “We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this. We call on lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced.
“The persistent self-interests of a few has been going on far too long. Enough is enough.”
There has also been rumours of what the board of members would look like, which is reported to have Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez as chairman and Manchester United owner Joel Glazer, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli and our own John W. Henry acting as vice-chairs.Embed from Getty Images
From a business point of view, you could possibly give the benefit of the doubt to FSG for being a strong supporter for this. They simply do not want to be left out. They are trying to do ‘the best’ for Liverpool as an individual team, but are simultaneously leaving dozens of ambitious, smaller teams without a chance from competing with the top clubs.
They ought to remember that once, they were one of the small teams who fortunately were successful.
Speaking as a fan, I am utterly disgusted at this alleged new league. It will be a closed shop, full of ‘big teams playing big matches in a big league’.
Though there will be no variety or flavour is this competition whatsoever as smaller, promising teams are not allowed to show the world their potential. It will severely damage the structure of European football, as the teams who produce the most revenue will be in a league of their own.
It is complete and utter selfishness, and I would be ashamed as a Liverpool fan if they were to take part of it.
Would it not pose concerning questions to our fans about the future of our great club, and the vast affect the league would have? Imagine what Bill Shankly would be thinking if he was looking down right now.
We as fans love this sport. It plays a major part of our lives, and there is a reason it’s called The Beautiful Game. But this is taking the beauty out of it.
Do we want The Beautiful Game to continue as it is, or let greedy billionaires gradually turn it into just ‘The Game’?
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