Super League restarts, invites Russian clubs after being banned by UEFA

Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid want to restart Super League to replace Champions League, because of dissatisfaction with UEFA. “UEFA is greedy and selfish”, said ESL supporters on SNS, especially after the act of “drag politics into sport” when banning Russian clubs.

Super League restarts, invites Russian clubs after being banned by UEFA

The three clubs have sent a new draft to UEFA, and are expected to announce it to the media soon. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the new proposal of the Super League will have a change in its format – from closed to open. These three clubs believe that the closed-form makes them have no legal basis. 

According to the old draft, the top 12 European clubs will have permanent seats each season. In the new proposal, 40 clubs will participate, divided into two divisions, with 20 teams in each division. Each season, there will be teams up and down

Super League restarts, invites Russian clubs after being banned by UEFAThe Super League also wants to invite Russian clubs, despite UEFA sanctions banning them from playing in Europe

All domestic leagues in European countries have the opportunity to send representatives to the Super League, competing from the qualifying round. There will be no fixed seats for founding clubs, even Juventus, Barca or Real Madrid. The number of matches will be reduced, but the founding clubs promise the participating clubs will get higher profits than the Champions League. Because then the TV copyright will be divided for participants, no need to cut apart for UEFA like the Champions League.

However, the new proposal of the Super League also met with objections from UEFA and leaders of European domestic leagues.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin strongly disagreed. “First, they made the Super League at the peak of the Covid pandemic,” Ceferin told FT Business.

“Now they restart again in the middle of the Ukraine war. Do I need to say more about these people? They live on another planet. After the first failure, one of them called me and said sorry. But now they’re moving on. For them, the fans are the customers. For me, the fans are the fans.”

Super League restarts, invites Russian clubs after being banned by UEFAUEFA President Aleksander Ceferin strongly disagreed the Super League

Ceferin refers to the three presidents of the founding clubs of the Super League, including Andrea Agnelli (Juventus), Joan Laporta (Barca), and Florentino Perez (Real Madrid). Agnelli is considered a key figure.

“Agnelli established the Super League just a week after praising the new format of Champions League,” added Ceferin.

Super League restarts, invites Russian clubs after being banned by UEFAKey founders of Super League, from left to right: Joan Laporta, Andrea Agnelli, and Florentino Perez

La Liga president Javier Tebas also said that the founders of the Super League were lying.

“Agnelli will have to explain this, otherwise he’s a liar,” Tebas said. “A week ago, these three clubs met to discuss. If they say they don’t want a fixed place in the Super League, they are lying.”

BFM Paris newspaper reported that Big Six of English Premier League were not interested in the new proposal of the Super League.

Super League restarts, invites Russian clubs after being banned by UEFABig Six of English Premier League were not interested in the new proposal of the Super League

Super League was born on April 18, 2021, but had to stop because of the objection of fans and many football managers. Agnelli, Perez, and Laporta at that time did not hide their ambition.

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