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Super League wants to "redesign the project" after the withdrawal of the English clubs


With the plans for a Super League, European club football was facing an acid test. The English clubs have already turned their backs on the project. Now the league wants to reconsider its plans.

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Protest against the Super League plans outside Stamford Bridge Stadium in London


The planned Super League in football is moving away from its previous plans after all English clubs have withdrawn.

"We will consider the appropriate steps to transform the project," announced the league on Wednesday night.

However, it is unclear who is still behind the project.

Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC have withdrawn their participation in the face of fierce opposition from fans, players, associations and politics.

The Spanish clubs FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid are also expected to withdraw, media reported.

Inter Milan also reportedly no longer have any interest in the multi-billion dollar league.

Thus, AC Milan and Juventus Turin as well as Real Madrid remain at the moment.

This should mean that the highly controversial project that threatened to split European club football is off the table again.

Twelve European top clubs had announced the establishment of a billion-dollar Super League on Monday night.

This would be in direct competition with the Champions League of the European Football Union Uefa.

No club from the Bundesliga had joined the Super League.

The billion-dollar project was to be financed by a major US bank.

In England, home to half of the twelve founding clubs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened severe sanctions.

He announced in the "Sun" that he would show the "ridiculous" billion dollar project the red card.

His sports minister Oliver Dowden presented drastic ideas in parliament to prevent the "Big Six", the top English clubs, from participating.

Even Prince William - president of the national FA - got involved.

National associations and many other clubs also massively criticized the plans.

The Uefa around its president Aleksander Ceferin had attacked the initiators of the Super League sharply and threatened with harsh sanctions.

The clubs should be excluded from the Champions League, their national players were threatened with a ban for the European Championship in the summer.

European club football was threatened with a mud fight in court, possibly even before the semi-finals of the current Champions League season at the beginning of May.

cop / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-04-21

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