News 9 February 2023

Plans for controversial new football Super League proposed

9 February 2023
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It’s been a couple of years since the initial European Super League was announced, but now the competition have revealed plans for a new look tournament.

A22 – the organisation behind the league – chief executive Bernd Reichart has proposed that the league would contain multiple divisions and up to 80 teams.

It would also reportedly be based purely on sporting merit and as such be an open division, meaning there would be no permanennt members, as was originally proposed in April 2021.

Reichart said, “The foundations of European football are in danger of collapsing. It’s time for a change.

“It is the clubs that bear the entrepreneurial risk in football. But when important decisions are at stake, they are too often forced to sit idly by on the sidelines as the sporting and financial foundations crumble around them.

“Our talks have also made it clear that clubs often find it impossible to speak out publicly against a system that uses the threat of sanctions to thwart opposition.

“Our dialogue was open, honest, constructive and resulted in clear ideas about what changes are needed and how they could be implemented. There is a lot to do and we will continue our dialogue.”

However despite this, the proposed European Super League is still facing further scrutiny, with national leagues stating their opposition toward it.

La Liga said in a statement, “The Super League is the wolf in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. It is disguising itself as an open and meritocratic competition, but underneath there is still the same selfish, elitist and greed-driven project. Don’t let their tales fool you.”

Qualification for the European Super League would involve qualification based on performance in team’s national leagues.

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