Hours after UEFA threatened heavy sanctions, 12 major European clubs announced on Sunday evening the launch of the separatist Super League, led by Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid.
The move, which has come under heavy criticism from football officials, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, aims to compete with the UEFA Champions League.
The organization called the Super League said in a statement that among the 6 founding clubs of the English Premier League – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, in addition to Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, with Atletico Madrid, and the Italian League, Inter, Juventus and Milan.
The statement added that the league aims to start its competitions “as quickly as possible” and that the founding clubs will receive $ 3.5 billion “to support infrastructure investment plans and deal with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. ”.
For its part, FIFA has announced that it refuses to set up a tournament called the European Super League outside the framework of international football.
“In this context, FIFA can only express its rejection of the creation of a closed and separatist European League outside the framework of international football,” FIFA said in a statement.