Milan, Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Tottenham are the founding clubs of the Superliga.
Aleksander Ceferin wants to remove all the founding clubs of the European Super League from the UEFA competition. The UEFA president was very critical of the new elite competition, founded by some of the richest clubs in Europe.
“My opinion is that, after analyzing the situation, the clubs should be removed from any competition as soon as possible,” said Aleksander Ceferin, before leaving strong criticisms to the founders of the race, especially Ed Woodward, executive director of the event. Manchester United, and Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus.
“I saw many things in my life, I was a criminal lawyer for 20 years, but I never saw people like these. Ed Woodward called me on Thursday. He said he agreed with the changes, that he was very happy. Agnelli is the greatest of everyone’s disappointment, I don’t want to be too personal, but I’ve never seen a person lying as often as he did. I talked to him on Saturday afternoon, said it was just rumored, he called me an hour later and hung up the phone. I saw many things in my life, but never anything like that, greed is so strong that human values have evaporated “, he criticized.
“The idea of the Superliga was born several years ago. It has nothing to do with COVID-19. It was being cooked by people like Florentino Pérez and Agnelli. They could have talked to us [UEFA]. We received an interesting proposal and they told us that we would talk. this week. This has to do with the greed of some, “he concluded.
The UEFA president says he trusts “the clubs in France and Germany, which have resisted this temptation”, noting that “not all football is corrupt”.
In declarations to journalists, on the day the new model of the Champions League was approved, the European football leader guaranteed that the new Champions will go forward, with or without the founding clubs of the new Superliga.
“There are many good clubs and loyal fans in Europe. Today we approved the changes, we are going to make the Champions League with or without them,” he shot.
On Sunday, AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham, coached by Portuguese José Mourinho, “came together as clubs founders ”of the Superliga, indicates a statement sent to AFP.
The promoters of the Superliga advance that the competition will be disputed by 20 clubs, because, to the 15 founders – although only 12 have been announced -, five more clubs will be added, qualified annually, based on the performance of the previous season.
The season will start in August, with two groups of 10 teams and the matches, at home and away, will be held in the middle of the week, but all participating clubs will continue to play in the respective national leagues.
The statement from the 12 clubs comes on the same day that UEFA reaffirmed that it will exclude clubs that are part of a possible European football Super League, and that it will take “all the necessary measures, at the judicial and sports level” to prevent the creation of a “project cynical”.
In the fight against the claims of some of the most powerful clubs in Europe, UEFA said it had the support of the associations of England, Spain, and Italy, as well as the football leagues of these three countries.
UEFA is due to announce today the new format for European competitions starting in the 2024 season, with a change to the Champions League model and an increase to 36 teams expected.
In January, FIFA had already warned, in a joint statement with the confederations of world football, that it would prevent any club or player from participating in an eventual elite competition, played by invitation of some of the biggest European clubs, from participating in its competitions.
Source: with Agencies