The new football competition in the Super League in Europe is surprisingly missing the names of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. Last year’s Champions League finalists were spotted absent from the elite clubs announced at the formation of the league on Sunday.
Bayern will face difficulties in convincing their fans and members who have a majority in the club’s business. Qatar’s PSG owners may be wary of disrupting next year’s World Cup – which will be played in Qatar – and a lucrative UEFA broadcast deal if there is a civil war in European football.
The Super League registered 12 clubs from England, Spain and Italy and left open three more seats for founding members who will receive permanent seats in the competition. Bayern, PSG and Borussia Dortmund are linked to these founding positions.
However, Dortmund said on Monday that together with Bayern they reject the Super League in favor of reforming the existing Champions League.
Both are on the board of the European Club Association, which held an extraordinary meeting on Sunday after representatives of Super League clubs left the organization.
“The clubs want to implement the planned reform of the UEFA Champions League. The opinion of the members of the board of the ECA was clear that the plans to create a Super League are rejected, “said in a statement the CEO of Dortmund Hans-Joachim Vacke.
“Both German clubs represented on the ECA board, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, present 100% the same views in all conversations.” German fan ownership rules, known as 50% + 1 for the share of the vote, which members must have, create a problem for the Super League. Fan organizations in English clubs have rebelled against the plans, but have little or no opinion on how their clubs are run. The Super League waited until the last elections of the presidential clubs in Real Madrid and Barcelona to start their plans.
German fans can theoretically block the participation of their clubs. Bayern was scheduled to have its annual general meeting last week, but it was postponed to the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The controversy over the Super League complicates Qatar’s efforts to win support across Europe for hosting the 2022 World Cup. PSG President Nasser Al-Khalaifi has good ties to UEFA and has a seat on its executive committee. He is also chairman of the Qatar-based television beIN Media Group, which owns rights to the Champions League for large parts of the world.