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European Super League LIVE updates
– Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham confirmed as the six Premier League clubs involved
– A further three European clubs are expected to be announced as ‘founding members’
– The new website states that the inaugural season is “intended to commence as soon as practicable”.
– The plans have been widely condemned by FIFA, UEFA and all governing bodies involved with threats of clubs and players being banned from domestic and international competitions.
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Leeds and Liverpool protest
Fans of Leeds and Liverpool have joined up ahead of their Premier League clash tonight to protest the ESL.
A banner, attached to the back of an aeroplane which reads “Say no to the super league”, is being flown over Elland Road prior to kickoff.
Supporters are also stood outside of the stadium holding up another banner which was shown to the team’s coaches as they arrived.
Prince William weighs in
Prince William has weighed in on the European Super League plans.
The future King of England said: “Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core.
“I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love.”
Man Utd player reaction
Manchester United’s players are reportedly angry over not being informed that the club are joining the European Super League.
Ed Woodward held an emergency zoom meeting with the players this morning, according to the Daily Mail.
And they are frustrated that they had to find out the controversial manoeuvre at the same time as the general public.
Chelsea and Man City threat made
UEFA executive committee member Jesper Moller wants Chelsea, Real Madrid and Man City to be kicked out of this season’s Champions League.
The head of the Danish FA told DR: “The clubs must go, and I expect that to happen on Friday.”
Oliver Dowden announcement
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden has made an extremely strong statement in the House of Commons this afternoon, threatening to issue bans on foreign transfers and tax hikes on the big six.
He said: “We are examining every option, from governance reform, to competition law, to the mechanisms that allow football to take place… we will be reviewing everything the Government does to support these clubs to play.
“We will put everything on the table to prevent this from happening.
“We will do whatever it takes to protect our national game.
“I discussed our options with the Prime Minister this morning, and we are working at pace across government and with the football authorities.”
Liverpool fans have placed banners outside Anfield
Premier League meeting tomorrow
The Premier League will hold a meeting on Tuesday between the 14 clubs who have not been included in the European Super League plans. The breakaway competition, which has no promotion or relegation, was revealed last night.
The Premier League has threatened to throw Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, out of the top flight.
FIFA and UEFA has also claimed that any players particiating in the new event will be banned from representing their countries at World Cups and European Championships.
A meeting between the rest of the Premier League teams will take place on Tuesday to decide what action they should take.
Liverpool CEO has email leaked
An email from Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan to club employees this morning has been leaked.
It read: “The Super League will be the future of European football.
“If we want to continue our journey of being a sustainable Club with ambition to grow and continue winning trophies then we should absolutely be part of that process and have a seat at the table rather than outside that group.”
Ed Woodward a ‘snake’
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has not held back on brandishing Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward as a “snake”.
Ceferin said: “If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thu evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms + the only thing he want to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else.
“Andrea Agnelli is the biggest disappointment of all, I’ve never seen a person that would lie so many times, so persistently as he did. It’s unbelievable.
“We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us, now we know.”
European Super League live reaction
Premier League rivals want punishments
According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, some of the Premier League clubs not invited into the Super League are so furious with their rivals that they want the ‘big six’ kicked out immediately.
He spoke to a board member, who wished to remain unnamed, at one of the clubs intending to join the Super League who admitted the move has caused massive friction within the Premier League, which still has six rounds of matches remaining before its 2020-21 season is completed.
Speaking on Sky Sports News on Monday, Solhekol said: “I asked this board member if civil war had broken out in football and he said, ‘This is not civil war, this is a nuclear war.’
“Some of the other 14 Premier League clubs who are not involved in this breakaway want the six breakaway clubs to be sanctioned immediately.
“They believe the sanction should include suspension from the current Premier League season. Some of these other 14 clubs are so unhappy with what is happening that they want this six clubs to be kicked out of the Premier League immediately.”
Chelsea boss Tuchel talks
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has become the first Premier League manager to talk out about the Super League.
He said in a press conference: “I’ve know since yesterday but I am here to be in the hardest competition, it’s why I came here. To play the toughest competitions in Europe.
“As you know, I don’t get around the subjects around us. I was hoping to talk about Man City and Brighton but it’s not the case.
“I am part of this club and I trust this club to make the right decisions. I think it’s too early to judge everything and it’s not my part.
“On my badge it says that everyone has to play their role. My role is to coach, be focused, and we’ve another game tomorrow.
“I am always a little bit surprised when it happens. We are all competitors and try to beat each other but in the end we hope a manager is in a good place to work.
“So when it happens, it never feels good as a manager. But it’s not my job to comment but it is what it is.
“Everyone fights hard for results and when a big decision comes, it was a surprised. I didn’t see it coming but I wasn’t focusing too much on their situation.
Thomas Tuchel supports Chelsea’s decision
Alan Shearer furious
The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer has blasted the proposals for the Super League and wants the big six banned, saying to Coral: “These twelve clubs dropped a huge grenade on the sport with this announcement.
“The Premier League should respond with a grenade of their own, and say, ‘OK, you’re going to be banned from the Premier League from next season, that’s how they should deal with this.’
“These clubs want to have their cake and eat it, they think they can play these Super League games in midweek, and their domestic leagues at weekends, but I hope the leagues say no, that’s not happening.
“I also hope that clubs such as Bayern Munich and PSG – two clubs that are definitely in the elite right now – stick by their decision and remain out of this. Both are hugely successful and I admire their stance, I hope that doesn’t change.”
BT Sport slam plans
BT Sport have hit out at the Super League plans to Broadcast Now, declaring via an unnamed spokesperson: “BT recognises the concerns raised by many of football’s leading voices and fans, and believes the formation of a European Super League could have a damaging effect to the long term health of football in this country.
“As a sport broadcaster showing Premier League, UEFA club football and National League football as well as being lead partner for all the Home Nations football teams, we strongly believe that football makes a significant positive contribution to people’s lives at every level, and this needs to be protected.”
Big six owner would be happy to quit Premier League
Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol has spoken to a board member at one of the six Premier League clubs involved in the European Super League plans.
And he has been told that one of the six clubs’ owners would actually prefer to be banned from the Premier League.
“One club owner [of the big six] has said privately that he would be prepared to leave the Premier League if they had to,” he said on Sky Sports News.
“He is saying that the riches on offer are so great, even if we were to be kicked out of the Premier League we would still just focus on joining the new European Super League.
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UEFA unaminously vote for new Champions League reform
UEFA’s executive committee has UNAMINOUSLY voted through Champions League reforms to start in 2024.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was among those on the committee to agree terms on a new 36-team Champions League format.
Borussia Dortmund reject Super League
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke: “The clubs wants to implement the planned reform of the UEFA Champions League.
“The plans to found a Super League have been rejected.”
Borussia Dortmund will not be a part of the Super League
Ed Woodward quits role
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has quit his role on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council.
The Red Devils have also left the European Club Association after signing up for the European Super League.
Woodward is thought to have been a key figure in discussions about revamping the Champions League from 2024.
But the United chief has not left his UEFA role following United’s involvement in the breakaway super league.
We, along with other groups involved in flags, will be removing our flags from The Kop. We feel we can no longer give our support to a club which puts financial greed above integrity of the game.
— Spion Kop 1906 (@SpionKop1906) April 19, 2021
Chelsea and a host of other clubs have left the ECA
Super League statement
The Super League website reads: “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.
“AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
“Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.
“The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.
Am told by well-placed source;
*Man Utd & RM “ringleaders”
*3 US-owned PL clubs “really mean this”, sold on the NFL model of closed league with star clubs/players driving value
*others see it more as leverage over UEFA – unhappy new CL format means £ shared among more clubs..
— Dan Roan (@danroan) April 19, 2021
The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.
“20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
“Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.
“An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
Joel Glazer, Manchester United co-chairman, statement
“By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.”
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez statement
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”
Andrea Agnelli stepped down as ECA president
UEFA said in a statement about the proposals: “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.”