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Football Fans Outraged As Five English Clubs Named In ‘European Super League’

Football Fans Outraged As Five English Clubs Named In ‘European Super League’
By Maurice Brosnan Updated

Five English clubs are among 11 founding teams in a proposal for a European Super League which would start in 2021, according to documents released by German magazine Der Spiegel.

The documents claim Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City would be involved in the competition which would replace the Champions League in three years time. There are 11 teams named as 'founders': the five English clubs as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Milan. Roma, Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Internazionale are down as 'initial guests.'

Bayern have responded with a statement refuting the claims.

In its current issue no. 45 dated 3 November 2018, "Der Spiegel" magazine claims that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, as chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), had betrayed all medium-sized and smaller member clubs belonging to the ECA. "I absolutely and clearly reject this," Rummenigge declared. "The vote in favour of the reform agreed between UEFA and the ECA was unanimous.” Neither he nor FC Bayern Munich have ever acted to the detriment of the ECA, Rummenigge stated.

FC Bayern is also unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League, also reported by "Der Spiegel", nor has FC Bayern taken part in negotiations relating to such plans. FC Bayern is also unaware of why it is listed in a document quoted in this context by "Der Spiegel".

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "FC Bayern Munich stands by its membership of the Bundesliga and, as long as I am chairman of the board of FC Bayern, also by the club competitions organised jointly by UEFA and the ECA".

However, the idea of a Super League is certainly not an original one. Clubs are persistently looking to maximise revenue streams and this is an obvious outlet towards that. It is a concept that fans are appalled at.

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