12 teams from Spain, England, and Italy have decided to walk away from UEFA Champions League and form a breakaway league called The Super League. Those teams are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Juventus, not to mention the six biggest clubs in the UK Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal.
“By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid,”
That was a statement made by Joel Glazer, co-owner of Manchester United and the Super League vice-chairman. Florentino Perez who is the president at Real Madrid and also the founding chairman of the Super League had this to say:
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world,” “Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans, and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”
The plan is to have these matches played during the middle of the week but the UEFA warned that if any player or team left there would be severe consequences.
“We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way,” the statement said. “As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”
The league proposal is to have 20 teams with 15 founding members and the remaining five would change every year but the qualification method hasn't been confirmed. In regards to finances, the 15 clubs would share at least 3.5 billion Euros in initial infrastructure grants.
It would be split among the top six clubs each earning 350 million and the league would consist of two groups of 10 teams with the top four from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.
That would basically mean 18 guaranteed annual matches which are compared to the newly voted Champions league format of 10 in the group stage.
When it comes to broadcasting the games the revenue would be 4 billion euros every year. As mentioned the UEFA recently voted and agreed on a new format to expand the UEFA Champions League in 2024 from 32 to 36 teams.
It is yet to be confirmed when this league will start but Perez said they would like to start it as soon as it is practicable. There was a lot of outrage across the UK and Europe saying this would ruin the game and one Rio Ferdinand said on TV " It's a disgrace"
The UEFA Champions League resumes on April 27th and 28th with the first legs of the semi-finals.