@RealMadrid European Super League is a ‘fiction’, say @Uefa boss & clubs chief
Proposed plans for a breakaway European Super League are “fiction” – according to the two most powerful officials in European football.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the influential European Club Association (ECA) which represents over 200 leading teams, say they are “united” – despite recently leaked documents claiming secret talks had been held over the creation of a new elite league
“The Super League will not happen. It is in a way a fiction now or a dream,” said Ceferin.
Agnelli, who is also chairman of Juventus – one of the teams reported to be a potential founding member of the Super League – added: “I can confirm we have never seen, never discussed, never been involved in the creation of this document.
“We are fully engaged with Uefa in shaping the game going forward.”
Speaking exclusively to BBC Sport, Ceferin and Agnelli also outlined:
- Their plans to reform European football from 2024 onwards.
- How a revised football calendar could see less domestic football and more European ties played.
- Why qualification for Europe must not just be for the elite.
Will there be a breakaway?
German publication Der Speigel claims to have documents which show a new Super League could be up and running by 2021 – featuring the biggest clubs from Spain, Italy, Germany, England and France.
However, Ceferin and Agnelli are adamant that the top clubs will stay within Uefa and that detailed talks are under way to find “solutions” – including changes to the format of the Champions League to secure a more lucrative broadcasting deal.
“We have some ideas. All I can say is that any Super League is out of the question. Participation stays. And everybody will have an opportunity to compete in every European competition,” said Ceferin.
So what does it mean for European competitions?
A new third European competition with 32 teams will be rubber-stamped at a Uefa meeting in Dublin early next month.
So with the Champions League, Europa League and the new third contest, a total of 96 teams will compete once pre-qualifying is completed.
Cerefin says it will be the “beginning of wider European competition”, and that clubs and national associations “appreciate it”.
Referencing the likes of Celtic, Porto, Benfica, Ajax and Anderlecht, Agnelli added: “It will be our duty to safeguard the great heritages of European football but on the other side I think we are very well aware that we have to safeguard markets, we have to think about upcoming markets.
“We have to think about Poland. We have to think about [countries like] Turkey, we have to think about Russia. Fans can rest assured that if we put our hands to making a new product it’s because we want to make sure that fans across Europe engage.”