A group of Europe’s 12 biggest clubs, including the Premier League’s big six have announced their intentions to form a new League according to reports.
Late on Sunday, it was confirmed that a dozen of clubs, including Premier League sides Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, are planning to form a European Super League.
The super league includes three teams from Spain and Italy, coming together with the above mentioned English teams as founding clubs for the competition.
According to statement released on Sunday, the founding clubs came together with the intention to improve the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout the season.
The decision to create the competition has received a lot of backlash from much of the footballing world as many believe that the decision to establish the competition is money driven.
“Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs, a statement read.
“AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
“Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.
“The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.”
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been confirmed as president of the New League alongside Juventus president, Andrea Agnelli as his vice.