European football body vow to protect domestic leagues

Annette Crawford
November 8, 2018

"(EL) has consistently voiced its strong opposition to the creation of any "closed and franchised style" Super League.

In a statement the association also reiterated its support for Uefa, the European football governing body, and the current pyramid structure, in which promotion and relegation and the sporting merits of clubs are at the core of every competition.

Football Supporters' Federation chair Malcolm Clarke said: "Yet again there is a far-reaching proposal being drawn up by big clubs whose primary interest is making as much money as possible without any consultation with fans at club, national or European level".

Opponents have warned that any such split could have serious consequences for domestic football around Europe.

With 16 teams said to be mulling over the leaked plans, including Premier League clubs Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, it appears that the overriding notion from fans and other stakeholders is that the creation of a "Super League" would be a bad idea for the future of the game.

Key Capital Partners and Real Madrid have not commented on the report while the European Club Association, which represents more than 200 European clubs, has said it was not aware of discussions by clubs to develop a break-away league.

Last week, German newspaper Der Spiegel published leaks that revealed alleged plans among several of Europe's most historically successful clubs to form a breakaway Super League.

"Within this context, the European Leagues fully supports UEFA in the management and organization 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. "It's no question for me that I will fight and do all I can against such a league for as long as I am here".

"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.

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

"We completely stand by our membership in the Bundesliga, as well as in UEFA and the European competitions they organise".

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