The creation of the Super League and the crisis with UEFA made the head of the European sports press on Monday. In France or in England, shock and anger seem to dominate while in Spain we remain quite distant while a war between the clubs and the authorities is brewing.
The very late officialization of the creation of the Super League may have prompted some media to review their plans for this Monday. For the moment, the reactions seem rather mixed in Europe after the sling led by twelve major clubs against UEFA and the Champions League.
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In France, the newspaper L’Equipe insists on the opposition between the duo made up of PSG and Bayern (Nasser al-Khelaïfi and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge), clubs loyal to the C1, and the bosses of the Super League: Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli. The daily headlines its one of the day on “The war of the rich” between the leaders of continental football. A reminder, it could not be clearer of the financial reality behind the creation of the new competition. In its inside pages, the publication also insists on the shock caused by the sudden announcement of the Super League over the weekend, on the eve of the meeting within UEFA which was to confirm the reform of the Champions League. .
English clubs cause “fury” and shame
With six clubs involved (Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City), the Premier League could lose big with the creation of the Super League.
If for the moment the slingers do not want to encroach on the national championships, the new competition could harm the finances of local competitions and in particular around TV rights. Like Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the British press regrets the decision of the members of the Big Six.
Without stealing the show at the funeral of Prince Philip, the Super League appears well on the English ones.
The Daily Express and the tabloid The Sun agree on the “fury” and the very critical reactions generated by the new competition. The Daily Mirror goes further and finds such a project “shameful”. Finally, the Daily Mail, in its digital version, launches the “football war”.
Spain torn between “war” and the title race
The theme of the conflict also appears in Spain where, perhaps quite surprisingly, the local newspapers prefer to focus on the title race between Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid.
On the side of Catalonia, the daily Sport makes its front page on Barça’s ambitions in La Liga and is content with a fairly sober banner “Barcelona and Madrid are entering the European Super League”.
A rather similar editorial choice is made by Marca who specifies, however, still in a banner, that UEFA threatens sanctions after the birth of the Super League.
If Atlético also makes the front page of AS, the Madrid daily clearly uses the term “war” when discussing the creation of the Super League and also recalls the new status of Florentino Perez, first president, as well as the threats formulated by UEFA.
Same story for the Catalans of Mundo Deportivo where despite a first page on the confidence found in Barça, it is assured that the war has started between the twelve formations of the Super League and the European confederation.
The Super League? A “super no” in Italy
On the other side of the Alps, the Gazzetta dello Sport also underlines the importance of economic issues in the rebellion and the creation of the Super League. The transalpine newspaper even signs a photo montage clear enough to denounce football business with a balloon whose cells are made up of banknotes. The daily headlines its edition of the day one: “Super League? Super NO” and insists on the new conflict which sees the very present Andrea Agnelli, boss of Juventus, and UEFA clash.
The Italian media also underlines the opposition of UEFA, FIFA, Boris Johnson and President Macron to the new Super League project carried by twelve European clubs.