The scale of the uproar of the European Super League has threatened political leaders across Europe to speak up and intervene in some cases. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that his government will pass legislation to prevent segregation, comparing plans to form cartels. Johnson held a meeting with representatives of the English Premier League, the English Premier League, and fan groups, in which he confirmed that the government would not step aside to allow the construction of a closed shop. Amid persistent condemnation and threats, UEFA President Alexander Ceferin offered the Twelve Olive Branch, urging them to “think again”.
“If necessary, to protect this principle of competition, we will see, as I said, the first bodies, we will seek a legislative solution.”
The Super League claims that it will increase revenue for the top clubs and allow them to distribute more money for the rest of the game. However, the sport’s governing body, other teams, and fan organizations say it will increase the power and wealth of elite clubs and the league’s closed structure is against the long-standing model of European football.
Unlike the current elite European Champions League competition, where teams have to qualify through their domestic league, the founding teams of the Super League will be guaranteed a place in the new competition each year.
England’s “big six” – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal – have been subjected to internal rivals’ fire for their involvement, with Everton alleging absurd arrogance.
The British Prime Minister said that he “unanimously and strictly” rejected the plans. After not attending meetings with 14 clubs, he said he is considering “all available actions” to stop the new competition.
The German Football Association (DFB) went even further, demanding the suspension of the 12 founding clubs until they reconsidered. DFB President Fritz Keller said in an official statement, “The club and their youth teams should be banned from all competitions until they think of all their supporters who have made them the top club in the world, not just the purse.”
In addition to the “Big Six” from England and Real, the Italian club Juventus,
AC Milan, Inter Milan have signed together with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
UEFA boss Ceferin has accused dozens of views of smaller clubs, but the Slovenian insisted that there was still time for reconciliation.
“I would like to address the owners of English clubs. Gentlemen, you have made a big mistake,” he said. “Some would say it’s greed, others hate the arrogance or total ignorance of the English football culture, but it doesn’t really matter.
“What matters is that there is still time to change your mind, everyone makes mistakes, English fans deserve to rectify your mistake, they deserve respect.”
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