English football’s Big Six to declare plan to join European Super League TONIGHT

Bruno Fernandes' Manchester United have committed to the European Super League

The massive six of English soccer have signed letters of intent to join a brand new European Super League, which will probably be introduced at 9.30pm on Sunday evening.

Manchester City had been the final to agree, on Saturday, becoming a member of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham within the breakaway, which can spell the tip of competitors in home and European soccer as we all know it.

UEFA had been robust in response, revealing in an announcement that they’ll take authorized motion if the ‘cynical mission’ for a Super League goes forward.  

The new league represents the American takeover of elite European soccer, which can turn into a closed store run by its founder members. It is bankrolled by US banking big JP Morgan and is the brainchild of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and the American house owners of three main English golf equipment. 

Bruno Fernandes' Manchester United have committed to the European Super League

Chelsea have joined United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City in declaring intent

Manchester United and Chelsea are amongst a bunch of six Premier League groups to announce on Sunday evening their intent to join a breakaway European Super League

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UEFA’s Champions League is below critical risk of a breakaway league of the highest groups

It is believed Perez will maintain the chairman’s function within the new league’s construction, with Liverpool’s John W. Henry, Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Arsenal proprietor Stan Kroenke as vice-chairmen. 

Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Juventus, and believed till now to be an ally of UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will occupy the fourth vice-chairman function. 

Ceferin is known to be livid at Agnelli’s betrayal, the information of which comes lower than 24 hours earlier than UEFA’s personal proposals for a revamped Champions League.

The plan is for the Super League to evolve to roughly 15-18 groups, however the preliminary 12 signatories to the deal are the six English golf equipment, plus Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain, and Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan from Italy. This leaves room for different main golf equipment, corresponding to Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, to be picked off with UEFA’s personal competitions hopelessly devalued. 

PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

The Premier League condemns any proposal that assaults the ideas of open competitors and sporting benefit that are on the coronary heart of the home and European soccer pyramid.

Fans of any membership in England and throughout Europe can presently dream that their group could climb to the highest and play towards the most effective. We consider that the idea of a European Super League would destroy this dream.

The Premier League is proud to run a aggressive and compelling soccer competitors that has made it probably the most broadly watched league on the earth. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled monetary contribution to the home soccer pyramid.

A European Super League will undermine the attraction of the entire recreation, and have a deeply damaging influence on the rapid and future prospects of the Premier League and its member golf equipment, and all these in soccer who depend on our funding and solidarity to prosper.

We will work with followers, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, in addition to different stakeholders, at dwelling and overseas, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English soccer in the most effective pursuits of the sport.

Liverpool are among the six English teams to have agreed

Likewise Tottenham are keen on the idea of a breakaway league

Liverpool and Tottenham are amongst six English groups to have agreed to the brand new mission

Liverpool owner John W Henry will act as one of the European Super League's vice-chairman

Liverpool proprietor John W Henry will act as one of many European Super League’s vice-chairman

The Premier League are conscious of the settlement and have spent the weekend formulating their response. 

In an announcement on Sunday, the Premier League condemned proposals that they really feel ‘assaults the ideas of open competitors and sporting benefit’. 

‘Fans of any membership in England and throughout Europe can presently dream that their group could climb to the highest and play towards the most effective,’ the assertion continued. ‘We consider that the idea of a European Super League would destroy this dream.’ 

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville, talking in commentary throughout their recreation towards Burnley, referred to as the information an ‘absolute scandal’.

After the match he ripped into the thought describing the thought ‘as pure greed’ and the house owners of the English groups as ‘imposters’ with ‘nothing to do with soccer on this nation.

He stated: ‘I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool most. I imply with Liverpool they faux ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ the folks’s membership. Manchester United, a 100 years born out of employees round right here and they’re breaking away right into a league with out competitors, that they cannot be relegated from? 

‘It’s an absolute shame and we now have to wrestle again the ability on this nation from the golf equipment on the prime of the league. It’s pure greed, they’re impostors. The followers want defending. I benefitted from soccer massively, I’ve made cash from soccer and make investments cash right into a membership. 

Neville went on to add that the six golf equipment ought to be punished and that the house owners are ‘disowning their golf equipment.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville described the plans as an 'absolute disgrace'

Manchester United legend Gary Neville described the plans as an ‘absolute shame’

He stated: ‘They’ve bought no loyalty to this nation and these leagues. Enough is sufficient. There is not a soccer fan on this nation that should not be seething listening to this. This is disowning your individual membership stuff, this. I imply, critically? 

‘How may you assume to watch an excellent league whenever you’ve left the 14 golf equipment within the Premier League behind you? Your Championship golf equipment useless. Your EFL golf equipment useless, the National League, the pyramid system which we have fought for 150 years has gone due to six golf equipment?   

‘It’s completely embarrassing and it is by no means going to occur. Let them break free however actually punish them right away. If they announce a letter of intent has been signed as six golf equipment they need to be punished closely. 

‘Massive fines, factors deductions, takes the titles off them. Give the title to Burnley, let Fulham keep up and relegate Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

‘Yeah Chelsea and City new cash in recreation come ahead I’m not proud of them both, Tottenham I’m not that bothered about. Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal they need to know higher. The historical past and custom that runs via these three golf equipment is totally monumental and I worth it however they go away rather a lot to be desired at this second in time.

‘Liverpool Football Club critically. I do not like them, they do not like me. But I at all times thought that they had integrity. But I at all times although that that they had honesty, integrity, taken care of their very own. That’s gone neglect that. If they signal that letter of intent they’re as unhealthy as the remainder of them.’

Sir Alex Ferguson said the proposals would be a move away from '70 years of football history'

Sir Alex Ferguson stated the proposals could be a transfer away from ’70 years of soccer historical past’

Manchester United’s legendary supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson in the meantime stated it could finish ’70 years of soccer historical past’. 

‘Talk of a Super League is a transfer away from 70 years of European membership soccer. Both as a participant for a provincial group Dunfermline within the 60s and as a supervisor at Aberdeen successful the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial membership in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest,’ he instructed Reuters.

He added: ‘Everton are spending £500 million to construct a brand new stadium with the ambition to play in Champions League. Fans throughout love the competitors as it’s.

‘In my time at United, we performed in 4 Champions League finals and so they had been at all times probably the most particular of nights.

The six golf equipment should not intending to resign from home soccer, however want Premier League permission to join any new competitions. This might be the primary sticking level as a result of the Premier League board is unlikely to grant any request that weakens its personal aggressive worth. 

It doesn’t want to be put to a vote of the 20 golf equipment, however goes earlier than the Premier League board comprising Gary Hoffman (chair), Richard Masters (chief govt) and Kevin Beeston (non-executive director). 

If they are saying no to the European Super League, as anticipated, the golf equipment could have to be break free from the Premier League completely so as to join, placing in jeopardy their gamers’ participation in UEFA and FIFA competitions, such because the World Cup and European Championships.

UEFA STATEMENT IN FULL 

UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have discovered that a number of English, Spanish and Italian golf equipment could also be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.

If this had been to occur, we want to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but additionally FIFA and all our member associations – will stay united in our efforts to cease this cynical mission, a mission that’s based on the self-interest of some golf equipment at a time when society wants solidarity greater than ever.

We will take into account all measures out there to us, in any respect ranges, each judicial and sporting so as to stop this taking place. Football relies on open competitions and sporting benefit; it can’t be another method.

As beforehand introduced by FIFA and the six Federations, the golf equipment involved will probably be banned from enjoying in another competitors at home, European or world degree, and their gamers might be denied the chance to characterize their nationwide groups.

We thank these golf equipment in different international locations, particularly the French and German golf equipment, who’ve refused to join to this. We name on all lovers of soccer, supporters and politicians, to join us in combating towards such a mission if it had been to be introduced. 

This persistent self-interest of some has been happening for too lengthy. 

Enough is sufficient.

Manchester City were the last of the six English teams to declare intent for the breakaway

Manchester City had been the final of the six English groups to declare intent for the breakaway 

GOVERNMENT STATEMENT

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden stated: ‘Football supporters are the heartbeat of our nationwide sport and any main choices made ought to have their backing.

‘With many followers, we’re involved that this plan may create a closed store on the very prime of our nationwide recreation. Sustainability, integrity and honest competitors are completely paramount and something that undermines that is deeply troubling and damaging for soccer.

‘We have a soccer pyramid the place funds from the globally profitable Premier League movement down the leagues and into native communities. I’d be bitterly disenchanted to see any motion that destroys that.’

Yet the Premier League not consider this to be extra brinkmanship within the battle for management of Champions League monies and make-up. 

JP Morgan are believed to be debt financing the brand new league to the tune of £4.6billion, which is ready towards future broadcast income. 

A letter despatched to golf equipment by Premier League chief govt Masters has warned these concerned to ‘stroll away…earlier than irreparable harm is finished’. 

It added that golf equipment would wish Premier League permission to enter a brand new competitors – and Masters wrote ‘I can not envisage any state of affairs the place such permission could be granted.’

‘Based on our understanding of the proposed European Super League idea it could sit outdoors the auspices of UEFA and the present European sporting pyramid, providing 15 founding members everlasting entry from as early as season 2022-23, quite than by way of the historic entry ideas of annual sporting benefit,’ the letter learn.

‘Such a European Super League could be deeply damaging to the European pyramid, and rapid and future prospects of the Premier League and its member golf equipment and all these in soccer who depend on our funding and solidarity to prosper.

‘We don’t and can’t help such an idea. Premier League guidelines include a dedication amongst golf equipment to stay inside the soccer pyramid and forbid and golf equipment from getting into competitions past these listed in Rule L9, with out Premier League Board permission. 

News of English football's Big Six planning to breakaway will be highly damaging for UEFA and their president Aleksander Ceferin (pictured)

News of English football’s Big Six planning to breakaway will probably be extremely damaging for UEFA and their president Aleksander Ceferin (pictured)

PFA assertion 

The PFA has substantial considerations relating to the wide-ranging implications of the proposed European Super League idea.

Football ought to attempt to protect the sanctity of a aggressive home league above all else. Aspiration and sporting deserves are an important a part of any sport and a significant element of the sport we love.

This proposed transfer would detract from the power and pleasure of home soccer and diminish the sport for the overwhelming majority of followers throughout the continent.

Clubs throughout all home competitions should not equal, every having differing monetary beginning factors. However, success isn’t assured, typically cyclical and at all times earned. We have seen numerous examples round Europe of groups outperforming their assets. In current years, at dwelling within the Premier League, this has resulted in unrivalled international leisure and sporting drama.

A system that rewards all golf equipment for achievement is paramount. In England, we’re privileged to take pleasure in probably the most skilled groups, probably the most skilled gamers and in regular occasions, the very best combination attendances internationally. This success is achieved by working collectively and in solidarity.

The PFA will work with gamers, The FA, Premier League, EFL, LMA and thru FIFPRO, with different gamers’ associations, to characterize the sport’s finest pursuits and defend the integrity of soccer.

‘I can not envisage any state of affairs the place such permission could be granted. It is the obligation of the Premier League Board to defend the integrity and the prospects of the League as an entire, and we could have no alternative however to do all the pieces we are able to to defend and preserve each.

‘As beforehand evidenced, we might count on full condemnation from all components of the sport, followers teams and the UK Government.

‘This enterprise can’t be launched with out English golf equipment and we name upon any membership considering associating themselves or becoming a member of this enterprise to stroll away instantly earlier than irreparable harm is finished.’

There was additionally a powerful response from the UK Government on Sunday night, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insisting that followers ought to have been consulted.

In an announcement, he wrote: ‘Football supporters are the heartbeat of our nationwide sport and any main choices made ought to have their backing.

‘With many followers, we’re involved that this plan may create a closed store on the very prime of our nationwide recreation. Sustainability, integrity and honest competitors are completely paramount and something that undermines that is deeply troubling and damaging for soccer.

‘We have a soccer pyramid the place funds from the globally profitable Premier League movement down the leagues and into native communities. I’d be bitterly disenchanted to see any motion that destroys that.’

Fan teams had been fast to come out and join the condemnation of the information that the Big Six are eager to join. 

The Football Supporters’ Association described the European Super League as a mission motivated ‘by nothing however cynical greed’. 

‘This competitors is being created behind our backs by billionaire membership house owners who’ve zero regard for the sport’s traditions and proceed to deal with soccer as their private fiefdom,’ the FSA assertion learn.

‘The FSA, and little question supporters throughout the continent, will proceed to struggle towards its creation.’

FansEurope added in their very own assertion that the Super League ‘is illegitimate, irresponsible, and anti-competitive by design.’ 

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters wrote a letter to clubs warning them to walk away from European Super League plans before 'irreparable damage is done'

Premier League chief govt Richard Masters wrote a letter to golf equipment warning them to stroll away from European Super League plans earlier than ‘irreparable harm is finished’ 

RICHARD MASTERS’ LETTER

Dear Chairman/Chief Executive, 

I’m writing to inform you of what we consider to be an imminent announcement of a European Super League idea, probably involving various Premier League Clubs alongside others from Spain and Italy. 

Based on our understanding of the proposed European Super League idea it could sit outdoors the auspices of UEFA and the present European sporting pyramid, providing 15 founding members everlasting entry from as early as season 2022/23, quite than by way of the historic entry ideas of annual sporting benefit. 

The Premier League Board met this morning and I needed to clarify its place primarily based on the information we now have at our disposal. Such a European Super League could be deeply damaging to the European pyramid, the rapid and future prospects of the Premier League and its member Clubs and all these in soccer who depend on our funding and solidarity to prosper. 

We consider such an idea could be massively unpopular with soccer followers throughout the continent, specifically right here in England, the place progress by way of sporting benefit is central to the historical past and traditions of the nationwide recreation and the rightful aspirations of all Clubs and their followers. We don’t and can’t help such an idea. 

Premier League Rules include a dedication amongst Clubs to stay inside the soccer pyramid and forbid any Clubs from getting into competitions past these listed in Rule L9, with out Premier League Board permission. 

I can not envisage any state of affairs the place such permission could be granted. It is the obligation of the Premier League Board to defend the integrity and future prospects of the League as an entire, and we could have no alternative however to do all the pieces we are able to to defend and preserve each. 

The penalties of making an attempt to proceed with a European Super League could be the rapid destabilisation of the Premier League and the English recreation as an entire, at a time when it wants exactly the other. 

This is a time when English soccer ought to be coming collectively as we emerge from the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic. As beforehand evidenced, we might count on full condemnation from all components of the sport, fan teams and the UK Government. 

This enterprise can’t be launched with out English Clubs and we name upon any Club considering associating themselves or becoming a member of this enterprise to stroll away instantly earlier than irreparable harm is finished. 

A media assertion will probably be issued on behalf of the Premier League and, ought to the announcement go forward, we’ll name a gathering of Clubs to talk about the rapid implications and the Board’s really useful response. 

Both Gary and I can be found to speak you thru what we reliably know at this stage. 

Kind regards, 

Richard  

Richard Masters, Chief Executive 

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