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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.

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2 minutes ago, DBBTB said:

Apparently Bayern and Dortmund got invited to join and turned it down. 

Apparently Juventus, Inter, Real, Barca, Atletico, Chelsea, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and City have all signed to join.

Pretty big even without German and French sides.

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UEFA have got a fucking cheek, they are basically doing the same thing with their Champions League pish. Modern Football is a complete farce.

For what its worth let the greedy bastards go and let them know they wont be welcomed back.

 

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This will only work if it gets buy-in from football at large. Casuals and chairmen will love this but no-one else will. Not that I have much hope for this, but if they do this, kick them out of every other competition and ban their players from representing their countries - we'll see how long  this closed shop NFL-style bullshit idea lasts then.

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As said elsewhere, I'm not against a European League, but absolutely dead against one done in this way.

An elite level European League with a pyramid of promotion and relegation would be tolerable - although would change the fabric of competition - but it would at least be entirely merit based and not a closed shop.

This though is pure and selfish greed. This format has locked out scores and scores of great clubs across Europe - who could all be said to merit an opportunity - it effectively will relegate great clubs with pedigree and history to becoming the college football support act at the expense of a dozen clubs who happened to be rich at a time and place in history.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/04/18/five-english-clubs-among-11-european-teams-preparing-form-breakaway/

There it is, as noted in the other thread on this... "legacy" fans is a very corporate American term and how they see 'customers' of their 'product'...

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"The first chairman will be Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and  Joel Glazer at Manchester United is a vice chairman. The other two American owners of English football’s most successful clubs — John W Henry at Liverpool and Stan Kroenke at Arsenal — are also expected to be confirmed as vice chairmen."

 

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JP Morgan are understood to be underwriting funding for the project, which will immediately provide founding clubs with €3.5 billion to support their infrastructure investment plans and offset the impact of the Covid pandemic. The league will be owned by the 15 founding clubs, who will put in an initial €2m and potentially a further €8m.

League will be 'owned' by 15 founding clubs - no governing body but a direct ownership model. The 'merit' invite of a few clubs here and there will be purely a money spinner. 

Sickening all of it.

After years of considering footballers get paid too much; I figured it would swing back to something more realistic. In reality it's gone hyper... :lol: 

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Kid on big clubs like spurs Chelsea and man city who think they can do what they want cos they have silly money.. let it happen but kick them out of everything else . Hope they're used to playing in empty stadia .

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4 hours ago, RFCRobertson said:

You know what if they want a league of themselves let them, ban them from domestic and european competitions and place a transfer embargo on them too. 

How can you put a transfer embargo on them if they are operating in a league outside of FA/UEFA jurisdiction? 

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6 minutes ago, Monkey Butler said:

How can you put a transfer embargo on them if they are operating in a league outside of FA/UEFA jurisdiction? 

Not a transfer embargo, but players not able to compete in UEFA and FIFA competitions might be a big deal for players. Especially if they can get big money in France/Germany.

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