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Sides sign up for European Super League

The headline news in the footballing world on Sunday has of course been the reports surrounding a planned European Super League.

As first revealed by The Times on Sunday morning, six English clubs are among 12 European teams who have signed up to a breakaway Super League.

Update: ‘Big Six’ English clubs among 12 of Europe’s top teams who have signed up to Super League; PL chief warns it will contravene its rules; UEFA says will take tough line and ban clubs from Champions League: https://t.co/LV7mr5URFX

— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 18, 2021

Said sides are understood to be Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

The English clubs also look to have been handed fairly prominent roles in the ESL. As per the Daily Mail, Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez will hold the chairman’s role in the new league’s structure, with Liverpool’s John W. Henry, Manchester United’s Joel Glazer and Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke the vice-chairmen.

The remaining sides are said to be Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

No German sides have signed up, with PSG also opting against doing so at present.

But the clubs who do sign up are reportedly being promised a staggering €350m:

“Each of the would-be permanent members of the proposed super league are being promised 350 million euros, or $425 million, to sign up, the documents said.” https://t.co/hZs36EKyEO

— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) April 18, 2021

As per Sky Sports, the project has been launched to rival UEFA’s Champions League, with the news of the new league coming right before UEFA were set to introduce plans for a revamp of their top club competition, which would see an increase to 36 from 32 teams in the Champions League, and an overhaul of the group stage into a single table rather than the current groups of four clubs.

Opposition to European Super League

There has, however, since been a lot of opposition to the proposed league.

UEFA would release a statement in which they said they would no everything in their power to prevent such a league from forming:

UEFA have condemned the news that several of Europe’s biggest clubs are planning on forming a “Super League” ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/Swb2heAI17

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 18, 2021

UEFA, the English Football Association, the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have today released a statement.

Read it in full here: 👇

— UEFA (@UEFA) April 18, 2021

The Premier League would also condemn the ESL news, and are believed to have sent a letter to its 20 member clubs warning them not to take part. It has also been reported that PL has told Liverpool and other clubs that the new European Super League would be a breach of their rules and it would not be approved by the board. Meaning that any side wanting to join would essentially have to quit the Premier League.

PL statement condemning Super League plans: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.” https://t.co/wh3LrUS5Tm pic.twitter.com/s1UpQd2k6F

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 18, 2021

The British government have too expressed their concern over the ESL, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying the below:

Now British government condemns Super League plans pic.twitter.com/fXQoSfpbVn

— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 18, 2021

Outside of the aforementioned organisations, a number of football pundits hit out at the Super League talk, including the below speech from Gary Nevillie:

🗣 “They are an absolute joke.” 🤬@GNev2 shares his opinion on the big six clubs signing up to the ‘European Super League’ pic.twitter.com/fJChoE1VCf

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 18, 2021

🗣 “Enough is enough, there isn’t a football fan in this country who won’t be seething.” @GNev2 wants the clubs to be punished for signing up to break away with a ‘European Super League’ pic.twitter.com/X6FIiVRGkS

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 18, 2021

🗣 “It’s an absolute disgrace.”

Roy Keane & @MicahRichards give their reaction to clubs signing up to the proposed European Super League pic.twitter.com/14ZFOd7WhA

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 18, 2021

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