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UEFA kicks as EPL ‘big six’ agree to join European Super League

UEFA kicks as EPL ‘big six’ agree to join European Super League
April 19
07:27 2021

The top six clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) have agreed to join the proposed European Super League, a breakaway competition from the glamorous UEFA Champions League (UCL).

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The perennial ‘big six’ clubs, which include Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs, announced their decisions in a joint statement released late Sunday, according to Skysports.

Aside from the six EPL clubs, the Super League, which is reportedly being spearheaded by Juventus and Real Madrid, has also received commitments from some Spanish and Italian clubs as “founding clubs” with more expected to join.

It is understood that the new competition is to rival the UEFA Champions League but not as a replacement for domestic leagues.

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“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,” the statement read.

“AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF 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.

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“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.

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