UEFA say that as soon as they can, they’ll be banning players from clubs participating in the European Super League from their competitions.
Former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil who currently plays for the Turkish side Fenerbahçe expressed his displeasure over the introduction of the European Super League (ESL). Just like Ozil, many other footballers have also expressed their anger over the introduction of the ESL. The midfielder expressed his disappointment over the decision on social media platform Twitter this afternoon. The 32-year-old stated that kids grew up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League. The enjoyment of big games lay in the fact that they happened once or twice a year, not every week.
“Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League. The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…” said Ozil in a tweet.
Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League. The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho who was the manager of Tottenham Hotspur until this morning, received a pink slip from the club this morning, which was confirmed following a statement from the club. It is believed that Jose did not want to conduct a training session, having been discontent with regard to the club’s participation in the Super League.
The League is set to consist a total of 20 teams, where 12 teams are already confirmed to participate. The rest are yet to be announced.
England: Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Spain: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.
Italy: Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
The 20 teams would be split into two groups of 10 for home-and-away games, with the top three teams in each group automatically reaching the quarter-finals. The fourth and fifth teams in each group will face off in two-legged playoffs to claim the remaining quarter-final spots.
Similar to the current Champions League format, the quarters and semis will be two-leg knockout ties, with the final a winner-take-all clash at a neutral venue. As yet, no team from France or Germany has signed on, meaning teams like Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich remain on UEFA’s good side. PSG is currently in the semi-finals of the Champions League and will play Manchester City.