European Super League designs considered fiction by UEFA
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin insists a European « super league » will never work out as intended in the midst of reports of a proposed breakaway.
Ceferin rejects super association
An ongoing Football Leaks record, detailed in Der Spiegel, claimed a host of European football’s top clubs were in advanced negotiations to create a new league.
The German publication alleged that Bayern Munich and the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge were at the bleeding edge of the plans, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus among the 11 clubs they were purportedly planning to influence to join a new competition.
Both the club and Rummenigge issued strenuous denials, with the last saying he is thinking about making legitimate move.
Ceferin has now had his say and stated in no uncertain terms that such an idea will never see the light of day.
« We have a few thoughts. Everything I can state is that any super league is not feasible. It won’t occur. It is in a way a fiction now or a fantasy, » he said.
Protect football legacy
European Club Association director Andrea Agnelli, additionally the administrator of Juve, says the arrangement is to work with UEFA.
« I can affirm we have never observed, never talked about, never been engaged with the production of this document.
« We are completely drawn in with UEFA in shaping the game going forward. »
A third European club rivalry with 32 groups is probably going to be affirmed at a UEFA meeting one month from now, and Agnelli believes it will herald wider European competition that the clubs and national associations support.
« It will be our obligation to protect the extraordinary legacies of European football at the same time, on the opposite side,I think we are very well aware that we have to safeguard markets, we have to think about upcoming markets, » Agnelli said.
« We need to consider Poland. We need to consider Turkey, we need to consider Russia. Fans can rest assured that if we put our hands into making a new product it’s because we want to make sure fans across Europe engage. »