The footballing world was shocked last night as news broke of a “Super League”. 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs, including FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Manchester City, have made their intentions clear about breaking away from the Champions League and forming their own competition amongst themselves, primarily in search of higher revenue.
The President of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, spoke out in opposition to the move, “I cannot stress more that UEFA and the football community stand united against the disgraceful selfish proposal by a few clubs – motivated by greed and absolutely nothing else. We are all united against this nonsensical project.”
His words are reflective of many fans’ attitudes, “I can’t understand how clubs can see their supporters protesting and not really care. And they are already ultra rich, they are not poor, but they always want more. If you respect your fans, stop!”
He also spoke out against the club presidents who helped organize and push the project, “We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us, now we know.”
Furthermore, he said, “Andrea Agnelli [Vice-chairman of the Super League, ex-UEFA] 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.”
Some perceive the idea of a “Super League” as merely a bluff in search of teams wanting more revenue from UEFA, but for Ceferin, “the threat of a Super League is a strange way of negotiating”.
Ceferin also discussed the future of the clubs that are joining the “Super League”, saying, “All players that play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the Euros and the World Cup.”
But, he elaborated, “They are not banned form European football forever but the way they acted was wrong, even people without a big IQ, people know it.”
Looking to the future, UEFA seems keen on keeping these clubs away. Speaking about the future of the Champions League, Cefein said, “We will do it with them or without them.”
Source: Fabrizio Romano