Twelve of European football clubs have agreed to establish a new midweek competition, the “European Super League”, which will be governed by its Founding Clubs.
Six out of the twelve are Premier League clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham who have agreed to join the breakaway.
The England’s “big six” will be joined by three La Liga and three Serie A clubs: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan.
The dozen club in a joint statement said: “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.”
According to the statement, “it’s 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.
While giving the reason for the establishment of the league, the Founding Clubs said “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.
“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.”
FIFA in response to this development said “in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable financial redistribution. Moreover, the governing bodies of football should employ all lawful, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case.
FIFA’s statement further read:
Against this background, FIFA can only express its disapproval to a “closed European breakaway league” outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles.
UEFA in reaction to the breakaway said,
“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.
Meanwhile, FIFA had earlier threatened to ban the clubs concerned 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.