Twelve of Europe’s leading clubs, including the Premier League’s Big Six, have announced controversial plans to form a breakaway European Super League.
Club statement.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 18, 2021
Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur join three Italian clubs – Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan – and three Spanish sides – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid – in making the proposal, which could change the face of European club football.
Leading European football clubs announce new Super League competition.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 18, 2021
In a late night statement, the 12 clubs linked confirmed the reports about a European Super League were true through their official social media account.
We are one of 12 Founding Clubs of the European Super League— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 18, 2021
The statement said: ‘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.
‘AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, 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.’
BREAKING: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham have agreed to join a breakaway European Super League.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 18, 2021
The breakaway has been rumoured for some time, but reports of an imminent announcement emerged on Sunday – the day before plans for an expanded Champions League are due to be rubber-stamped – leading to numerous major football bodies, including Uefa, the FA and the Premier League, voicing their opposition.
No French or German clubs have joined in in the proposal, meaning that Bayern Munich and PSG, who contested last season’s Champions League final, are both absent.
Several national associations and domestic leagues, including the FA and Premier League, have already said that they will not allow clubs competing in any breakaway league to also participate in their competitions, while Fifa and Uefa have made similar threats, warning players involved in the European Super League would be barred from representing their national teams.