Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has repeated its strong opposition to a European Super League after the controversial project received a surprise shot in the arm from former Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu.
While announcing his resignation on Tuesday night, Bartomeu dropped a bombshell by declaring that one of his last decisions as the Catalan team’s Boss had been to accept a proposal for Barcelona to play in a future European Super League which would guarantee the financial stability of the club.
The notion of a splinter league for the continent’s high rollers first surfaced through a series of leaked emails and documents in November 2018 claiming that a host of Europe’s biggest clubs were working on plans for a 16-team Super League to kick off as early as 2021.
But reacting to Bartomeu’s admission for the first time of the project’s existence UEFA told AFP that its President Aleksander Ceferin has clearly indicated on several occasions UEFA is strongly opposed to a Super League.
“The principles of solidarity, promotion, relegation and of open leagues are non-negotiable,” UEFA said.
“This is what is behind European football and makes the Champions League the best sporting competition in the world,”
Ceferin has vowed that while he and Andrea Agnelli, president of the European Club Association (ECA), were in office there will be no Super League.
“Any Super League involving only Europe’s wealthiest clubs would be in direct conflict with the UEFA-run Champions League and Europa League, competitions open to any team based on their domestic league performances.”
EUFA said it refused to destroy its crown jewel, pointing out that “a Superleague of 10, 12 or even 24 clubs” with the risk of outsiders crashing the party would become inevitably boring.
Last week FIFA president Gianni Infantino denied his purported support of a Super League, telling a Swiss newspaper that “I’m interested in the Club World Cup, not the Superleague”.
“What attracts me is not Bayern against Liverpool, but Bayern against Boca Juniors of Buenos Aires,” he said, adding that he wanted to give clubs outside Europe “a global dimension” said Infantino.
By Ofhani Munyai