European Football governing body (UEFA) has issued a strong statement with regards to the creation of the European Super League.
About 12 European clubs from three of the top five leagues have reportedly given their consent to the creation of the league which is backed by $6b worth of funds.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan are the twelve teams that have given their consent.
However, UEFA have issued severe warming to players and clubs that intend to.participate in the league that they will be barred from playing in European competitions and the players might not be able to represent their countries at national team level either at European or FIFA competitions.
See statement here 👇
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 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.
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.
The European Super League which is slated to kick-off in the 2023-2024 season is seen as a major threat to the Champions League and it comes at a time when UEFA is wrapping up plans to introduce the new 36 teams format of the competition.
A source who is familiar with the project told ESPN that the framework of the European Super League is designed to have 20 teams in which 15 will be permanent competitors while a further five will be rotated in and out based on performance.