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Devastating response to the Super League


The planned super league causes controversy: Bayern Munich, for example, has ruled out participation. SPIEGEL editor Peter Ahrens expects years of legal defensive battle - his analysis in the video.

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A Super League has been talked about for years - now it should actually come.

And as quickly as possible.

They want to found twelve top European clubs and organize them independently.

Six from England (Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham), three from Spain (Real, Barcelona, ​​Atlético) and three from Italy (Juventus, Inter and AC Milan).

The start-up capital of around 3.5 billion euros comes from the US investment bank JP Morgan.

The new Super League would be the end of the Champions League.

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin accuses the clubs involved of immoral behavior, narcissism and greed.

0-tone Aleksander Ceferin Uefa President »It's a bit of a strange situation, but it's disrespectful to the fans.

That shows that these clubs don't care about the fans.

They think the fans are consumers and customers, and they don't care about tradition.

They don't care about anything except their wallets. "

The twelve clubs take it easy.

However, the devastating response to the planned Super League has alarmed a number of players and teams.

Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC were insulted on Monday evening around the league game in Leeds.

0-tone Jürgen Klopp Liverpool FC coach »We are employees of the club and I feel responsible for a lot of things in this club, to be honest.

I also feel responsible for the club.

When I'm involved in things, I take the criticism easily.

If the guys are involved, then they accept the criticism.

They have to do that too.

But we have nothing to do with the matter.

And that's why it's hard at the moment when you hear all the experts talking about the club and things like that. "

Klopp has so far rejected the Super League.

He is angry about the protests.

In his opinion, neither he nor his players should be lumped together with the owners of English football champions Liverpool FC.

The European Football Association is threatening the breakaway clubs with exclusion from national competitions and no longer wants to see players of the Super League appear in the jerseys of the national teams.

An EM without Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal or Toni Kroos in the DFB team.

Uefa boss Aleksander Ceferin is in a dilemma.

On the one hand, he has to create a threat against the Super League.

O-Ton Peter Ahrens DER SPIEGEL “On the other hand, he would damage his own product, this European Football Championship, extremely if all the stars didn't appear there.

If you have Portugal without Ronaldo, Germany without Kroos.

That is of course actually unthinkable, because then the product would be totally devalued, the Uefa product that they just want to uphold. "

The makers of the Super League would also like to see FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in their exclusive association.

Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke have now categorically ruled out that.

Either way - the Super League wants to start as soon as possible.


But what does that mean?

O-Ton Peter Ahrens DER SPIEGEL »There will certainly be legal disputes that will drag on for months or years until it is decided who is on the legally safe side in this tug-of-war between Uefa and the Super League clubs.

It will be one of the exciting things in the future.

So there are still a lot of unlaid eggs.

The threatening backdrop is there from both sides. "

The clashes will continue over the next few weeks and months. The fans are on the sidelines.

Source: spiegel

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