Faced with the outcry caused by the creation of a Super League by a few wealthy dissident clubs, the European Union was quick to react, too, bringing its support to UEFA between the lines.
The Super League, a tidal wave that shakes up to the highest spheres of European politics. Announced with great fanfare on Sunday evening, the creation of a dissident European competition is far from unanimous, and indignant reactions follow one another from the Elysee Palace to the French Football Federation, via FIFA, the Bundesliga or even the Premier League.
Because this new super-competition, called to generate colossal profits to the “founding clubs”, could cause great upheavals far beyond the simple sporting sphere. Aware of the stakes, the bodies of the European Union were quick to react via the Vice-President of the European Commission, the Greek Margarítis Schinás, who advocated in the night from Sunday to Monday in defense of a “European model of sport based on values, diversity and inclusion” implies the reverse of what the Super League would encourage.
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“A few rich and powerful clubs who want to sever ties with all that the associations represent”
“It is not possible to reserve it for the few rich and powerful clubs who want to sever ties with everything that the associations represent: national leagues, promotion and relegation and support for grassroots amateur football, continues the influential politician in a message posted on social media. Universality, inclusion and diversity are key elements of European sport and our European way of life. “
If the machine seems indeed launched at full speed, could an intervention of the European Union in the messed up affairs of European football be a game-changer? Nothing is less sure. Sea serpent for many years, the creation of a Super League was formalized on Sunday by twelve of the most powerful European football clubs: AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético, Chelsea, Barça, Inter, Juve, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real and Tottenham.