In one of the most seismic moments in football history, last night we had confirmation from 12 clubs across the European landscape that they will be joining the European Super League as part of a breakaway from the Champions League – and now, perhaps also the domestic leagues as well.
There’s a very good chance they could be banned from those competitions as well as international tournaments, and unfortunately, Arsenal are part of this equation.
It’s a desperately sad day for football, as we all know, with Arsenal.com releasing the following statement as the world attempts to get its head around what this means for the beautiful game.
“We have joined 11 European clubs as founding members of a new midweek competition, the European Super League.
There’s lots more to do to bring the competition to life and we will continue to update our supporters as things progress.
More information can be found in a joint statement released by the Founding Clubs below. In the meantime, our focus is on finishing this season as strongly as possible.
Leading European football clubs announce new Super League competition
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.
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.”
There’s more, but we can’t bring ourselves to talk about the rest right now.
How do you feel about the European Super League?