A group of elite European clubs is again threatening to leave the Champions League to organize a split, just as UEFA thought it had secured an agreement on a new format for its own competition, which will be announced on Monday.
The governing body of European football is aware that clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, are among those who are renewing their efforts to start the Super League, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Sunday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personal conversations, confirming a report by The Times in London.
The governing body of the European Club Association, chaired by Juventus president Andrea Anelli, and the UEFA Club Competition Committee on Friday signed an agreement to expand the Champions League from 32 to 36 teams in a new 2024 format.
Despite Aneli’s role at ESA and at the heart of UEFA’s executive committee position, Juventus is considered one of the teams in the Super League, along with AC Milan, United, Chelsea, Liverpool,
Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. French champions Paris Saint-Germain have not signed up for the Super League.
The Premier League wrote to clubs on Sunday that its rules do not allow clubs to join competitions without its approval and urges them to distance themselves from any Super League.
Serie A held an extraordinary board meeting on Sunday to discuss the threat of the Super League. Juventus responded “without comment” when the AP contacted him on Sunday about plans for the Super League, which first appeared in January.
The creation of an annual competition with 20 teams will include 15 top clubs as permanent members. The other five teams will be different each season, although the method of qualification has not been determined.
Each of the 15 founding members would receive a share of at least € 3.5 billion ($ 4.2 billion) in initial infrastructure grants. The money will be distributed between four levels of clubs, with the first six receiving 350 million euros ($ 420 million).
The competition would start with two groups of 10 teams, with the first four of each group advancing to the quarterfinals. This would guarantee each team 18 years of Super League games, compared to a minimum of ten games in the planned new group stage of the Champions League.
The games – except in the final – will be played in the middle of the week as the current Champions League, which will allow them to continue playing in domestic competitions.
This latest Super League offer hopes to generate 4 billion euros ($ 4.86 billion) a year from television operators. In comparison, UEFA recently announced that it has earned a total of 3.25 billion euros from the sale of rights to
Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.
The 15 clubs that founded the new competition would take the bulk of the broadcast revenue.