UEFA and several representatives of European clubs, leagues, players and supporters on Tuesday opposed a new front of refusal to a private Superleague, a project which fell apart last year and which a new company (A22 Sports Management) is trying to resuscitate. . “The opposition to the self-proclaimed “Superleague” remains overwhelming, today as since April 2021”ensures the European body in a communicatedsupported by a separate text formulated in almost the same terms by the powerful European Club Association (ECA).
The official structures of European football therefore remain “attached to the foundations” continental sport, either “opening” competitions, ” solidarity “ financial and “meritocracy”incompatible with a private tournament reserved for a handful of rich clubs, continues UEFA.
The body based in Nyon also claims the “unanimous support from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”as well as “massive support from national governments”echoing the battle of April 2021 which almost imploded European football.
A project still alive, but fragile
Requested by A22 Sports Management, a structure launched in mid-October which intends to open a dialogue on the future of club football, a meeting on Tuesday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) turned into a show of force, according to a participant interviewed by AFP. Faced with the three representatives of this promoting company, led by the German Bernd Reichart, UEFA had invited emissaries from the ECA, the five largest championships, the players’ union FIFPro and the Football Supporters Europe association.
“Clearly, the representatives of A22 were surprised by the number of people present, and they were massacred for two hours”giving “the impression of improvising” on the seriousness of their project, says this source. While three of the twelve clubs that tried to secede last year are still campaigning for a Superleague (these are Juventus Turin, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona), A22 claims not to represent anyone and simply want “reform football”.