Super League reaction: Porto commits to Champions League, Turkish clubs condemn ESL
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Porto commits to UCL
With the announcement of the current 12 founding members of the European Super League, much speculation has arisen as to who will make up the following three Founders and then who the initial 5 additional sides will be bringing the total to 20.
It appears that Portuguese club Porto will not be one of the teams as club president Pinto da Costa has revealed despite informal talks, the club is focused on remaining in the Champions League.
“There were informal contacts but we didn’t pay much attention,” said Pinto da Costa
“We are in the Champions League and we hope to continue to be there for many years to come.”
— Francisco David Ferreira (@chicodferreira) April 19, 2021
Porto reached the Champions league quarter-finals beating European Super league Founders Juventus in the last 16. They were knocked out by another Founder, Chelsea, in the next round.
Turkish clubs condemn ESL
In addition to Porto, it appears that the Turkish sides too are standing against the ESL. No reports of any clubs from Turkey had been surfaced regarding inclusion into the league.
Only Istanbul Basaksehir competed in this season’s group stage of the UCL and finished bottom behind PSG, RB Leipzig and ESL Founders Manchester United.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United looks on as team mate Marcus Rashford of Manchester United prepares to take a penalty, leading to their team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and İstanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on November 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
A statement released by the Turkish Union of Clubs read:
‘The recent developments have been followed by Turkish Union of Clubs with deep concern. It is crystal clear that the establishment of the so-called European Super League is going to cause unrecoverable damage to the European football’s integrity.
‘At a time where solidarity and cooperation are needed more than ever for all the stakeholders of the football family, we strongly condemn the breakaway plans of some European clubs which clearly reveals that those clubs are placing their own interests before the European football’s common interest.
‘To keep the sporting merit of the old continent alive , Turkish Union of Clubs stands with the UEFA and calls all the stakeholders of the football family to defend the European football against this very unfortunate idea which will destroy football’s heart and soul.’
— Kulüpler Birliği (@kulupler) April 18, 2021
There is a sense that the leagues across Europe with little representation are uniting against this cause.
Whether there is a scramble from some to be included is yet to be seen but solidarity seems the only way to mount an effective challenge.