UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and La Liga counterpart Javier Tebas have slammed Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid for discussing new European Super League plans.
The idea initially came to light in stunning circumstances in April last year. Indeed, 12 clubs from across Europe – including six from the Premier League – revealed plans to break away.
The intention was to form their own elite league which would remove the threat of relegation for the founding clubs. In doing so, it would have erased the roots of English football.
As a result, fans from the six participating English clubs – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham – protested against the plan. And within 48 hours, the idea collapsed. Chelsea’s protests particularly caught the eye outside Stamford Bridge.
However, Juventus, Madrid and Barcelona have continually called for a new breakaway league.
Talk of the European Super League has died down in recent months, but speaking at a Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Tebas revealed Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli had hosted his Real Madrid and Barcelona counterparts Florentino Perez and Joan Laporta in Turin “a few Fridays ago” to try to reignite the idea.
Tebas said (via the PA news agency): “What they’re saying, especially the Real Madrid president, is that they failed a first attempt. They have seen it was difficult to get English clubs to take part.
“They are trying to design a model where English clubs are not present. There will be [representatives from] the other four [major European] leagues.
“There will be some sort of first division and a second division. As far as I know, national leagues will have access through the second division.
“Those in the first division, they have direct access because they will never get relegated. I don’t know if Agnelli will explain. And if he doesn’t explain he’s lying.”
Premier League stance on European Super League clear
As for the Premier League’s perspective, chief executive of the league, Richard Masters, insisted English football fans should not worry.
“No, I don’t worry about it,” he said. I’ve many other…