Top European clubs again planning Super League breakaway

Top European clubs again planning Super League breakaway”

As per the document, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Arsenal, PSG, Manchester City, Liverpool, and AC Milan will be a part of the league and these teams will jointly be known as the "Founders".

The documents reveal that the "initial guests" will be Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Inter Milan and AS Roma.

Such a league would spell the end for the Champions League in its current form, Der Spiegel said in its report based on investigations by the Football Leaks platform and made available to the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) reporting group.

"Today, in November 2018, the Super League idea appears to have fresh impetus: According to the draft of a confidential term sheet that Real Madrid received just a few days ago from a consulting firm, 16 top clubs are to sign a document to establish such a league".

The documents obtained by Der Spiegel allege that this would allow the new league to avoid running afoul of European law by not closing off the competition entirely.

The Government would "fully oppose" any potential Premier League breakaway, senior Whitehall officials vowed on Saturday as secret talks of a European Super League were dismissed by experts as a cynical scheme to hold Uefa to ransom.

However, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge - who is also the chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) - issued a statement rejecting the documents and stating his club is committed to playing in the Bundesliga.

Eleven of the founder clubs would be guaranteed immunity from relegation for a period of 20 years from the start of the league. "The vote in favour of the reform agreed between UEFA and the ECA was unanimous".

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke didn't comment directly on the report, saying to Spiegel only that he believed "some of the big clubs are working on it" but plans were "not very concrete".

It is unclear if the new league would simply replace the Champions League or whether it would see the members withdraw from their domestic competitions as well.

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