European Super League (ESL) - The football world is still upside down after the founding of the ESL!
What are the consequences now?
What does FC Bayern say?
Tz answers the most important questions.
Munich - The football world is still upside down!
After twelve top clubs announced the establishment of a European Super League (ESL) in competition with the Champions League on Monday, massive opposition is rising in many places against the plans of the clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool FC.
The super-rich have so far defended their plans.
1. What do the opponents of the ESL say?
The reactions have so far been particularly blatant in England, the motherland of football.
The twelve founding members of the ESL were called the "dirty dozen", fans and ex-players went to the barricades.
Liverpool supporters have already buried their club on protest posters and burned jerseys.
The English Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he wanted to show the "ridiculous" project the red card.
Ex-professional Alan Shearer called on the Premier League to respond to the Super League plans with "hand grenades".
UEFA * President Aleksander Ceferin said: “Selfishness replaces solidarity.
Money is more important than success.
Dividends are more important than passion. ”And DFB head Fritz Keller also calls for a tough crackdown on the“ super ruthless ”.
Real president Florentino Perez wants the Super League.
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2. How do the founders of the ESL react?
The representatives of the twelve top clubs are still very cool in public.
Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid and 1st Chairman of the new Super League, told the Spanish TV channel El Chiringuito: “Everything I do is for the good of football.
Now we are doing this to save football, which is in a critical situation. ”For Perez, it is not an option for the big clubs in Europe to wait for the reform of the Champions League to take effect in three years' time.
"In 2024 we will all be dead," he announced, describing the situation in football as "very dramatic".
"Football is for the fans" - The Leeds pros sent a clear message with their warm-up shirts before the game against Liverpool.
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3. How does FC Bayern behave?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge shows a clear edge against the Super League. If the CEO left a back door open in a press release from the club early on Monday evening, it became clearer in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Serra. “We're not there because we don't want to be part of it,” said Rummenigge. His club is satisfied with "reaching the Champions League" and "we are not forgetting the responsibility to our fans who are fundamentally against such a reform". The Munich CEO hopes to find a solution together with the Super League clubs. It was "the time for a less arrogant football". As expected, Rummenigge was also appointed to the UEFA Executive Committee for three years on Tuesday.As a representative of the European club association ECA, he will initially be involved in the fight against the Super League together with PSG boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Rummenigge succeeds Juve boss Andrea Agnelli, whose club is part of the Super League.
4. What do those affected say?
Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC had the dubious honor of playing on Monday evening and having to face the questions about the Super League. The pros from opponents Leeds wore shirts with the slogans "Football is for the fans" and "Champions League - deserve it" while warming up. While walking through Leeds before the game, Klopp and players were attacked by angry fans. The coach rejects the Super League and stressed that he had not been privy to it. He found the reactions that met him exaggerated: "We didn't deserve that." Resigning is not an option for Klopp even after the Super League plans became known. He will train Liverpool as long as "I am allowed to do it". Regarding a possible move Klopp to Munich, Rummenigge said:"First we win the championship and then we decide what we do." In addition to Klopp, Liverpool's James Milner, the first player from a founding club, said: "I don't like it a bit." On Tuesday, coach Pep Guardiola turned against the owners of his club Manchester city. For him it has nothing to do with sport "when success is guaranteed and it doesn't matter if you lose".
European Super League
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5. What are the consequences now?
UEFA is examining whether it can exclude the Champions League semi-finalists Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea FC as well as the Europa League semi-finalists Arsenal FC and Manchester United from the current competition.
The Executive Committee and Rummenigge are to discuss this on Friday.
Anne Jakob, specialist lawyer for sports law, believes that expulsion for violating antitrust and competition law would be declared ineffective by European courts.
Exclusion from national leagues is also inadmissible, according to Jakob, because UEFA would thereby exploit its monopoly position.
UEFA boss Ceferin is still hoping for the twelve clubs to give in anyway: “It's not too late to change
mind, everyone makes mistakes.”
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