European Super League sparks outrage from governments, players and fans

European football’s governing body has voiced its objection against the plan to start a breakaway League and threatens to ban the Clubs and players from its competitions.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had threatened to ban all players and clubs involved in the ESL from all their competitions (Twitter/@UEFA

European football’s governing body has voiced its objection against the plan to start a breakaway League. They have threatened to ban the Clubs and players from its competitions. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said it was a “spit on the face” of all football lovers. In an emergency meeting after Europe’s 12 big clubs announced their involvement in the breakaway league, UEFA said, “As soon as possible they [the clubs] and the players have to be banned from all our competitions,” he added.

Three of the 12 clubs, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea could be withdrawn from this season’s Champions League semis. Jesper Moller, UEFA executive committee member, told Danish broadcaster DR, “The clubs must go, I expect that to happen on Friday. Then we have to find out how to finish (this season’s) Champions League tournament,” said Moller.

Automatic qualification

The rebel clubs include six Premier League clubs- Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Three La Liga teams are Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Serie A sides include Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus. They will get automatic qualification in the new competition. This is unlike the UEFA Champions League, where they need to earn the spot on merit.

Under the proposals, 15 founder members would compete in the 20-team tournament every year without having to qualify.

The teams who finish in the top four of the Premiere League qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Three teams from Serie A and La Liga qualifiy

Meanwhile the German clubs have stayed away from the ESL and have said that they are happy with football’s “Current structure”.

Governments criticise ESL

The new proposal has sparked outrage from governments, football governing bodies, players and fans.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has raised his objection against the new League. Sports minister Oliver Dowden said steps will be taken to curb the league. Dowden is thinking about possible action against the six Premier League clubs.

“If they can’t act, we will,” he told parliament. “We will put everything on the table to prevent this from happening.”

Prince William, the President of the Football Association said the Super League was “damaging the game we love.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has threatened to ban players taking part in the ESL from all FIFA competitions including the World Cup. “You are either in or you are out,” the head of the world soccer body said. “If there are players who don’t play organised football then that encompasses everything — national leagues, confederation competitions, the Euros and the World Cup,” the Times newspaper quoted him as saying.

Fans protested outside the Elland Road stadium against the ESL before the Monday night match between Leeds United and Liverpool F.C.




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