The UEFA statement said: “We learned that some English, Italian and Spanish clubs are planning to announce a closed league, under the name of the European Super League.”
And he added, “We stress that the parties issuing this statement, along with FIFA, are united to stop this ridiculous project, because it is based on the narrow interests of a small group of clubs, at a time when society aspires and needs more solidarity.”
He stressed, “We consider that all methods (to stop the project) are available, whether they are sports or legal. Football is based on open competition and sporting merit.”
“The teams that will participate in this league will not participate in any other local, European or international championships, and their players will be prevented from participating with their national teams,” he stressed.
“We thank all the teams, especially the German and French, who refused to participate in this league, and we call on all football fans to reject this project,” he added.
The English Premier League also issued a separate statement saying, “The Premier League condemns any idea that attacks the idea of open competition and sporting merit, which is at the heart of local and European football competitions.”
“The fans of any team in England and around Europe, now they can dream that their team can go up and compete with the best. We believe that the idea of the European Super League may kill this dream,” she said.
And she stressed, “The idea of the European Super League will have great damage to the English Premier League and its members now and in the future, and we will work with all stakeholders to defend the interests of English football.”
It seems that the night of April 18 will be historic in European football, as 12 clubs intend to announce a separate championship for European elite clubs, called the European Super League, separately from the European Football Association (UEFA).
The “Times” newspaper report said that the six big clubs in England have agreed to participate and signed the letter of intent to participate, and they are Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
It is expected that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will be the president of the league, and the American banking giant GB Morgan will be the main financier of the league, and Sinop for Perez will be John Henry’s owner, Joel Glazer from the Glazers family that owns United, and Stan Cronke, owner of Arsenal.
With the six English clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan and Inter have also agreed to join the league.
The plan behind the Super League revolves around a closed league that includes 15 to 18 teams, but English clubs do not intend to withdraw from the domestic championship, but they may have to do so – according to the Times report – in the event that the Premier League does not agree to participate in the two tournaments.
But the Premier League is not the only threat to the idea, but FIFA as well.
Earlier, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “I am not interested in the Super League, I am more interested in the Club World Cup.”
He added, “For me, I do not prefer Bayern Munich to Liverpool, but rather Bayern against Boca Juniors.”