Super League planning relaunch in three years with different format
The group behind the European Super League has announced plans to revive the controversial competition.
A22 Sports Management which was the company behind the failed Super League project has hired Bernd Reichart as its new chief executive officer. A22 has announced that they are planning to make a comeback in three years.
“European club football is facing existential problems,”
Reichart said in a video posted on A22’s website.
“European football is losing its undisputed leadership position in global sports. It’s not living up to its potential by not offering the best matches week after week.
“The current financial model in football is broken and unsustainable. Financial controls are inadequate and insufficiently enforced leading to competitive imbalances and financial stress.
“Clubs should be sovereign and master of their own destiny since they bear all risks and all investments.
“Today they are not allowed to freely organize themselves at European level, while almost every domestic league is run independently by clubs, governance of European competition resides only with UEFA … why?”
The Times also has revealed a new dossier which has been sent to clubs claims that a new Super League is necessary due to fears that English teams are becoming too powerful.
"The English Premier League (EPL) is turning into a global Super League [and] is outperforming its continental rivals’ combined net spending on transfers,"
the dossier reads.
"This summer, EPL clubs spent €2.25bn (about £1.9bn), more than La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 combined.
"Newly promoted Nottingham Forest’s net spend of €160m was more than the whole of Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 (a total of 78 clubs) combined. The Premier League affords wage costs almost twice as high as its next continental rival.
"On top of broadcasting [income], all big six English clubs are owned by a multibillionaire investor or a state fund."
and, Juventus are all in support of the Super League and are involved in legal action with UEFA. England's big six clubs first were in the Super League but after fan backlash, they all pulled out.
"The Champions League is no longer a truly open European tournament,"
the dossier continues.
"The Champions League is increasingly dominated by English clubs and few continental exceptions trying to keep up.
"Two of the past four finals have been all-English contests and only Real Madrid prevented a third all-English final in June. Over the past five years, roughly 75 percent of Champions League semi-finalists were from England, plus the few continental exceptions Paris [Saint-Germain], [Real] Madrid, and [Bayern] Munich."
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