The European Super League was officially announced on Sunday and this has sent the footballing world into a frenzy.
As of now, 12 big European clubs will be part of the inaugural tournament but things are not going to be a smooth ride since UEFA and FIFA have vowed to enforce major sanctions against the ESL clubs.
“I cannot stress more strongly how everyone is united against these disgraceful, self-serving proposals, fuelled by greed above all else,” the UEFA president, via Goal.
“We are all united against this nonsense of a project. Cynical plan, completely against what football should be. We cannot and will not allow that to change.
“Players who will play in the teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from the World Cup and Euros. We urge everyone to stand tall with us as we do everything in our power to ensure this never ends up in fruition.”
It’s still unclear as to how things will pan out but according to the latest reports, the European Super League clubs have decided to take legal action against the two major governing bodies.
“We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any participating club or player from their respective competitions,” the Super League clubs wrote to Gianni Infantino and Alexander Ceferin, as quoted by MEN.
“Your formal statement does, however, compel us to take protective steps to secure ourselves against such an adverse reaction, which would not only jeopardize the funding commitment under the Grant but, significantly, would be unlawful.
“For this reason, SLCo (Super League Company) has filed a motion before the relevant courts in order to ensure the seamless establishment and operation of the Competition in accordance with applicable laws.
“It is our duty, as SLCo’s board members, to ensure that all reasonable actions available to protect the interests of the Competition and our stakeholders are duly taken, given the irreparable damage that would be suffered if, for any reason, we were deprived of the opportunity to form promptly the Competition and distribute the proceeds of the Grant.
“The Competition is to be played alongside existing domestic league and cup competitions, which are a key part of European football’s competitive fabric. We do not seek to replace the UEFA’s Champions League or the Europa League but to compete with and exist alongside those tournaments.”
UEFA are planning to ban all the 12 European Super League clubs from the Champions League and the Europa League by the end of this week. And there’s a chance the players playing from these clubs could also be banned from playing in the Euros. If these two decisions see the light of the day then the ESL board will undoubtedly be moving to court.