European Leagues opposing potential football Super League

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s winner puts Liverpool on brink of knockouts Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG enter Last 16; Manchester City made to wait The body representing football clubs in Europe — European Leagues — said on Tuesday it strongly opposed the creation of a Super League for a select group of elite clubs. According to documents published as part of the Football Leaks allegations, a group of European clubs have discussed the idea of establishing a closed competition without relegation or promotion which would replace the Champions League. These revelations show a tournament of 16 clubs — the founding 11 would be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Atletico Madrid, Roma, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille have reportedly also been invited to join. European Leagues, which consists of more than 900 clubs across 25 countries, said it recognised the “ongoing rumours and speculations around the possible creation of a European Super League”. But it “voiced its strong opposition to the creation of any ‘closed and franchised style’ Super League.”Related News European Leagues, which represents teams from 23 professional leagues including England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga and Spain’s La Liga, said it supports a pyramid structure where “relegation and the sporting merits of clubs are the core of any competition”. “Proposals for a closed Super League will have serious and lasting implications for the long-term sustainability of professional football in Europe,” it added. Founded in 2005, the organisation said it “shares with UEFA the common principle of protecting and enhancing competitive balance in European football.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 yearslast_img