The European Super League has been born. A league expected to have Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham as founding members.
Another three clubs are also said to be ready to join ahead of the inaugural season.
An official statement by the league reads: “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,” their statement explained.
“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.
“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.”
Real Madrid chairman, Florentino Perez is to be the first chairman of the Super League.
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world,” he said.
“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.” Perez said in a statement.
Meanwhile, UEFA have vowed to do everything in their power to block a so-called European Super League and urged others to boycott what they describe as a “cynical project founded on the self-interest of a few clubs”.
In an emphatic response to media reports, UEFA together with the English Football Association (the FA), Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Serie A have joined forces in attempt to quell the Super League.
They reiterated a pledge to ban teams from other competitions if they take part in the Super League
Similarly, FIFA have condemned the move while expressing solidarity with UEFA.
A statement by the body reads: “FIFA wishes to clarify that it stands firm in favour of solidarity in football and an equitable redistribution model which can help develop football as a spot, particularly at global level, since the development of global football is the primary mission of FIFA,” a statement read.
“In our view, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, equitable financial redistribution.
“Moreover, the governing bodies of football should employ all lawful, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case. 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.”