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Massive news coming out of European football has dropped as 5 English clubs have supposedly signed up to challenge UEFA’s new Champions League setup.

The sign-up relates to an agreement for a breakaway European Super League to take shape.

Exclusive- 5 English clubs sign up to breakaway Super League in extraordinary challenge to Uefa, sources say Man City only one of Big Six yet to do so https://t.co/lTngHYmF5u

— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 18, 2021

So far the 5 clubs which are reported by The Sunday Times include Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City, are as of yet, not part of the group.

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01 : Jordan Henderson of Liverpool kisses the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

What was UEFA’s original plan?

There are plans by UEFA to revamp the Champions League and expand the competition to 36 teams.

The usual group stage would be scrapped in favour of a ‘Swiss League’ system where teams would be seeded and then play 5 home and 5 away matches.

The top 8 teams in the league would progress whilst the teams from 9th to 24th would go into a qualifying round to determine which 8 clubs make up the last 16 where a typical knockout system would play out like the current iteration.

However, this could all be about to change with the reported challenge to UEFA gaining significant backing.

Agnelli now ‘off the radar’

The European Club Association had been negotiating with UEFA and seemingly had the backing of the organisation and clubs for the revamp.

However, according to sources from The Sunday Times the Juventus chairman and head of the ECA, Andrea Agnelli, has ‘gone off the radar.’

The Sunday Times report: “Uefa had succeeded in winning the support of the European Club Association (ECA) board and the European Leagues but it emerged today that the Super League threat had been revived with the ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli, also the Juventus president, appearing to throw his hat in with the breakaway clubs led by Manchester United and Real Madrid.”

“Other members of the ECA board, who had agreed to the new Champions League format, and Uefa officials have attempted to contact Agnelli since Saturday evening but one source said he ‘has gone off the radar’.”

Despite this, UEFA is set to press ahead with tomorrow’s announcement of the new setup.

How does the Times’ European Super League report link up with the recent DAZN news?

On Sunday morning, reported that live streaming platform DAZN are lining up a European Super League containing 16 of the continent’s best teams.

Italian sides Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have already been approached with Roma touted to have been also.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 20: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) DAZN Logo on the microphone is seen during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund at PreZero-Arena on December 20, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

On the link between the DAZN story and this latest update in the Times, the Mail on Sunday have now reported the following:

“Italy’s Serie A called an emergency board meeting on Sunday to discuss a newspaper report saying broadcaster DAZN is involved in new the plans for a breakaway European Super League, a league source told Reuters news agency.”

“The source told Reuters that the league had recently become aware of the plans for a breakaway project and the potential involvement of DAZN.”

More on DAZN & the European Super League

The following tweets come from Simon Evans, who is the “Reuters Sports News and Football Correspondent.”

Super League: Serie A has just held an emergency board meeting after report of Italian clubs and broadcaster DAZN being involved in breakaway Euro league talks. Reuters report to follow. Now this: https://t.co/TZWiU4J2nV

— Simon Evans (@sgevans) April 18, 2021

The three Italian clubs linked to the breakaway Super League are Juventus, AC Milan and Inter – they were also called on to the Serie A board meeting, which was demanded by league president Paolo Dal Pino

— Simon Evans (@sgevans) April 18, 2021

This does feel different to other reports of a breakaway league. There is a broadcaster (DAZN) reported to have been involved in the talks.

— Simon Evans (@sgevans) April 18, 2021

More social media reaction

I guess this is to try and coerce UEFA into giving them more control of broadcasting, but amusing that these five clubs are currently 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th in the Premier League https://t.co/04fbtxZoNw

— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 18, 2021

Hilarious that it was Andrea Agnelli who pushed hard for the new Champions League format and now he’s the reason this Super League talk is happening again. https://t.co/yWXytrVz4X

— Zito (@_Zeets) April 18, 2021

If nothing else, it would be an amusing spectator sport to see the current version of Arsenal and Tottenham in a Super League https://t.co/NgOzlWl9Is

— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) April 18, 2021

Won’t effect the Premier League & only the Champions League. Feel like this bit of information might be lost when seeing ‘Super League’ https://t.co/EzYsIKE0yL pic.twitter.com/C8c4CNN1cs

— Tom Scholes (@_TomScholes) April 18, 2021

 

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