Contacted by RMC Sport, the Élysée greeted the French clubs having refused the Superleague project and “supports UEFA” in its “protection of the integrity of European competitions”.
The announcement of an imminent officialization of the Superleague, a project carried by twelve leading clubs, continues to make the players in the football world react. In a statement, UEFA confirmed that French and German clubs had refused to sign the project. A position congratulated by the Élysée, contacted by RMC Sport.
A project which “threatens sporting merit”
“The President of the Republic welcomes the position of French clubs to refuse to participate in a project for a European football super league threatening the principle of solidarity and sporting merit, we were told. The French State will support all steps taken by the LFP, FFF, UEFA and FIFA to protect the integrity of federal competitions, whether national or European. “
In a press release, UEFA has already threatened with sanctions any clubs wishing to engage in this Superleague project: “We will consider all the measures available to us, at all levels, both in terms of judicial and sporting, to prevent this from happening. As previously announced by Fifa and the six federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from other domestic, European or world competitions, and players could be prohibited from representing their National team.”
UEFA turns to threats
UEFA also took advantage of the press release to “thank clubs from other countries, especially French and German clubs, who refused to sign this (the Superleague project editor’s note). We appeal to football lovers, supporters and supporters. politicians, so that they join us in our fight against such a project, if it were to be announced “.
Twelve clubs (Real Madrid, Barça, Atlético, Inter, Ac Milan, Juve, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham) should indeed formalize the European Superleague soon.