Super League: UEFA Boss Aims Sly Dig at Real Madrid, Barca After Top Clubs Reject New Competition

Super League: UEFA Boss Aims Sly Dig at Real Madrid, Barca After Top Clubs Reject New Competition

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at December 22, 2023 at 8:17 AM
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  • Aleksander Ceferin aimed a sly dig at the prospect of the European Super League (ESL)
  • Real Madrid and Barcelona are bent on creating a new competition after a court ruling
  • A host of top European clubs remain committed to playing in competitions run by UEFA

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin directed a veiled critique at Real Madrid and Barcelona following the resistance from various top clubs against the revived European Super League.

On Thursday, December 21, the European Court of Justice delivered a ruling concerning the proposal, dealing a blow to the international football body and its European counterpart.

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Aleksander Ceferin has shared his thoughts on the revised European Super League backed by Real Madrid and Barcelona Photos by Visionhaus and Chris Brunskill/Fantasista.
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The court deemed the opposition to the formation of this competition to be against EU laws, potentially setting the stage for its resurrection, as reported by GOAL.

The revised European Super League format

Shortly after this verdict, A22 Sports CEO, Bernd Reichart unveiled plans for a significant restructuring: a three-league, 64-club men's tournament and a two-league, 32-club women's competition.

These ambitious proposals were presented as replacements for UEFA's Champions League and Women's Champions League respectively.

Elite clubs deal blow to ESL

While Real Madrid and Barcelona voiced support for these plans, they encountered opposition from prominent European clubs, the Premier League, FIFPRO, UEFA, FIFA, and the European Club Association (ECA).

The opposition by most of the continent's premier clubs, heralded by Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain, appear to have disrupted the pioneers' efforts to launch the league.

UEFA president mocks Madrid, Barcelona

Ceferin, in response to the ruling on the ESL, emphasised that UEFA would not hinder the plans of the El Clasico giants to join a new competition.

"We will not try to stop them. They can create whatever they want,” he said as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

However, he subtly hinted that the proposed 64-team event might end up featuring only Real Madrid and Barcelona, despite the anticipated advantages it promised for all participants.

"I hope they start their top competition as soon as possible… With two clubs. Football is not for sale," he added.

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Bayern, ATM and United reject ESL

Sports Brief previously reported on Bayern Munich aligning with Man United and Atletico Madrid in taking a stance against the reemergence of the European Super League in light of plans by the organising group.

Despite this, the challenge remains for the two remaining supportive clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, as the majority of elite European clubs have distanced themselves from the concept after fan backlash.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.