What does the joint statement say?
A statement said: “UEFA, the English Football Federation and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, as well as the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be considering announcing the creation of a so-called closed Super League.
“If that were to happen, we would like to reaffirm that we – UEFA, the English Federation, RFEF, FIGC, Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will stand united. in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project based on the personal interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.
“We will examine all the measures at our disposal, at all levels, both judicial and athletic, to prevent this from happening. Football is based on open competition and sporting merit; It can not be otherwise.
“As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from participating in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players may be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.
“We thank the clubs from other countries, in particular the French and German clubs, who refused to register. We call on all football fans, supporters and politicians to join us in fighting against such a project should it be announced. This lingering self-interest of a few has gone on for too long. Enough is enough.”
What did the Premier League say?
A statement said: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the pyramid of national and European football.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream of their team being able to climb to the top and play against the best. We believe the concept of a European Super League would destroy that dream.
“The Premier League is proud to host a competitive and compelling football competition which has made it the most watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unparalleled financial contribution to the national football pyramid.
“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game and have a profoundly negative impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, as well as all those in football who rely on our funding and our solidarity to prosper.
“We will work with supporters, the FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to uphold the integrity and future prospects of the English football in the best interests of the game. “
What about FA?
An FA statement read: “The FA has been informed that some English clubs are planning to form a closed European Super League with other European clubs. Clearly this would harm English and European football at all levels and undermine the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are fundamental to competitive sport.
“For new competitions to be formed involving clubs from different associations, approval would be required from the relevant national associations, the confederation and / or FIFA. We will not allow any competition which would be detrimental to English football and will take all legal and / or regulatory measures necessary to protect the broader interests of the game.
“We note that FIFA confirmed earlier this year that they and the six confederations will not recognize any such competition and, as such, any player or club involved may not be allowed to participate in an official competition. which comes under FIFA or their confederations.
“The FA will continue to work with UEFA, FIFA and the Premier League to ensure that nothing is approved that could harm English football. We will work with fans, the Premier League, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to uphold the integrity and future of football. English in the best interests of the game. “
What about the government?
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Football supporters are the heart of our national sport and all important decisions must be supported.
“With many fans, we are concerned that this plan could create a closed store at the top of our national game. Sustainability, integrity and fair competition are absolutely essential and anything that undermines that is deeply troubling and damaging to football.
“We have a football pyramid where funds from the world-famous Premier League flow into leagues and into local communities. I would be bitterly disappointed to see action that destroys this.
What is happening?
There were reports on Sunday of plans for a breakaway European Super League. It responds to the new UEFA Champions League format, which will involve 36 teams and is due to be announced on Monday.
The president of the European Club Association, Andrea Agnelli, who is also the president of Juventus, appears to have supported the Super League.
ECA itself and its board had previously supported the new Champions League format.
But it is now said that there is significant support for a Super League.
Who else is against it?
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are believed not to support ESL.
There is a belief atop PSG that it would be disrespectful to join the 12 clubs supporting these plans.
They want to discuss UEFA’s proposal after its presentation on Monday.
It is also believed that PSG believe that European competition should not be limited to the wealthier clubs and that smaller teams like Atalanta, Ajax or Leicester should have their chance.
A source added: “We are sticking to the tradition of UEFA.”
Who supports the plan?
The 12 clubs supporting the European Super League, as it stands, are: Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.
What would a European Super League look like?
A report published in January made this clear. The tournament would involve 20 clubs, with 15 permanent members and five qualifiers each year. Six English clubs – the same six clubs that make up the so-called ‘big six’ of the Premier League – are said to be among the 15 permanent founding members.
The Times reported that founding members of a European Super League proposal would be offered up to £ 310million each to join the competition. Qualifying for the Champions League is worth around £ 100million.
The 20 clubs would be divided into two groups of 10 teams. Each team in a group would play home and away games against each other. The top four teams from each group would then play a knockout knockout match in both divisions to decide the season champion.
There would be two-way matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with a final played on neutral ground.
He would also see a better versus worse approach to knockout matches, with the team with the best record playing the team with the eighth best record. This would also apply to the semi-finals.
The matches would take place in the middle of the week, with the exception of the final. The clubs would still play in their national leagues.
And what about the reformed UEFA Champions League?
UEFA wants a new format for the Champions League from 2024, with a 36-team league replacing the current group stage, where each team plays 10 matches.
This is called the “Swiss model”.
According to the proposed format, by the time the winner has lifted the European Cup, the competition will have produced 100 new matches and the finalists will have played at least 17 matches, four more than in the current system.
However, hosting four more games in the fall will be a challenge for most domestic leagues, including England, where the Carabao Cup is said to be in jeopardy.
Three of the four additional Champions League places would meanwhile go to clubs based on past performances in Europe, using the UEFA coefficient ranking system.