Super League LIVE: what we know so far

by | Apr 20, 2021 10:27

The Super League project seems to be collapsing as Barcelona won’t ratify it without the all-clear from Assembly members, while Chelsea, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid are reportedly pulling out. Follow the live updates.

The clubs that announced the Super League left ECA, and its President Andrea Agnelli resigned, becoming the Super League vice president along with Manchester United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer.

The Super League project seems to be collapsing as Barcelona won’t ratify it without the all-clear from Assembly members, while Chelsea, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid are reportedly pulling out. Follow the live updates.

The clubs that announced the Super League left ECA, and its President Andrea Agnelli resigned, becoming the Super League vice president along with Manchester United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer.

Real Madrid Chairman Florentino Perez has been named Super League President and explained the reasons behind the breakaway competition to El Chiringuito last night

The clubs have released a joint statement announcing the tournament’s format, which is:

– 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

– Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar, which remains at the heart of the club game.

– An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions.  A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

UEFA warned players and clubs participating in the tournament would be banned from any other competition, at a national and international level.

FIFA released a statement expressing its ‘disapproval’, but also urging ‘calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game.’

But FIFPro has vowed to protect the players who have been overlooked in the process and released a statement revealing they will ‘vigorously oppose measures by either side that would impede the rights of players, such as exclusion from their national teams’.

PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich refused to join the new competition, while the Lega Serie A held an extraordinary meeting on Monday morning deciding that the possible measures they will take against the three clubs participating in the tournament won’t concern the current league.

La Liga and the Premier League have released official statements to stand against the Super League.

Arrigo Sacchi, Luis Figo, Giuseppe Rossi, Mesut Ozil, Gary Neville and Lukas Podolski are among the players and former players who have criticised the position of the 12 clubs involved.

The Lega Serie A held an extraordinary meeting and the three clubs involved – Juventus, Milan and Inter – insist they still want to participate in the Italian League.

But according to Sky Sport Italia, the UEFA could ban Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City from this seasons Champions League, with Manchester United and Arsenal removed from the Europa League. The decision is expected on Friday.

Check out their reactions here, and stay tuned to watch this space for all the latest updates about the Super League.

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