Breakaway European Super League Set To Be Announced Sunday

Ross Houston
April 18, 2021

Twelve of Europe's biggest clubs are reportedly set to announce an agreement for a breakaway European Super League on Sunday, with the Premier League "big six" of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham among them.

The format would see two groups of 10 clubs who play home and away.

Ferguson, who won the Champions League twice with Manchester United after having European success with Scottish club Aberdeen, said that he enjoyed "special nights" in the Champions League.

He added: "In the midst of a pandemic, an economic crisis, football clubs at National League level going bust almost, furloughing players, clubs on the edge in League One and Two - and these lot are having Zoom calls about breaking away and basically creating more greed?"

Matches would be mid-week and clubs would still play in domestic leagues and have rights to show four matches a season on their own digital platforms across the world.

Sources told ESPN on Sunday that 15 of Europe's biggest clubs are in talks to launch a breakaway league, planned to start in time for the 2023-24 season, with a $6 billion (£4.3bn) fund backing the project.

The developments occurred on the eve of a new-look 36-team Champions League being discussed by UEFA on Monday.

The European body since backed by various national associations has come out strongly against the proposed new league.

A breakaway league would spell the end of competition in domestic and European football, and doing this in the middle of a pandemic could be fatal for the likes of Newcastle.

The statement added: "The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world".

Gary Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, said: "I'm not against the modernisation of football competitions, we have the Premier League, the Champions League, but I think to bring forward proposals in the midst of Covid and the economic crisis for all clubs is an absolute scandal".

The FA said it would "continue to work with UEFA, FIFA and the Premier League to seek to ensure that nothing is approved that has the potential to damage English football".

"They should deduct six points off all six teams that have signed up to it".

But it's clearly not going away and Manchester United legend Neville wants the clubs involved in the discussions put firmly in their place. I think it comes down to money, greed, obviously, we have heard nothing from Federation Internationale de Football Association yet.

"It is pure greed". In a joint statement, UEFA and Europe's top national leagues called the proposal "cynical" and "founded on self-interest" - and delivered an unveiled threat.

"I am disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool most".

The six Premier League sides are joined by a trio from Serie A in Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus; as well as three from La Liga: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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