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UEFA surprised Superleague and sustained its opposition

UEFA surprised Superleague and sustained its opposition

“UEFA has acceded to the request of A22 Sports, a private commercial venture, to meet today in Nyon, offering them the opportunity to turn to all genuine authorities representing European football. UEFA’s top management, led by President Aleksander Čeferin, and senior representatives of the national leagues, clubs, players and fans jointly emphasized that opposition to the self-proclaimed Super League remains overwhelming today, as it has been since April 2021.

In keeping with the unity of European football, UEFA and the participating football players in today’s discussion have once again unanimously rejected the rationale behind projects such as Superliga. The attendees were surprised to hear the statement by the president of A22 Sports that the company did not represent any clubs in any way, including three clubs that still openly support the project.

UEFA and football stakeholders remain committed to the foundations of European football, which is based on openness, solidarity and meritocracy, and serves the wider goals of sporting principles and the public interest, rather than privileges and self-empowerment.

This approach has received unanimous support from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and broad support from national governments, public institutions and stakeholders across the continent.

Apart from UEFA’s top management, the meeting was attended by:

  • Javier Tebas, president of La Liga
  • Mathieu Moreuil, director of international football relations for the Premier League
  • Donata Hopfen, CEO of Deutsche Fußball Liga
  • Luigi De Siervo, president of the A series
  • Vincent Labrune, president of the Ligue de Football Professionnel
  • Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of the European Clubs Association (ECA) / member of the UEFA Executive Committee / president of Paris Saint-Germain
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Honorary President of the ECA / Member of the UEFA Executive Committee
  • Oliver Kahn, ECA vice president / general manager of Bayenru
  • Edwin Van der Sar, ECA Vice President / CEO of Ajax
  • Dariusz Mioduski, vice-president of ECA / president of Legia Warszawa
  • Aki Riihilahti, ECA Vice President / Chairman of the Board of HJK ​​Helsinki
  • Hans-Joachim Watzke, Member of the ETO Board / Chairman of the Board of Borussia Dortmund
  • Miguel Ángel Gil, member of the board of ECA / CEO Atlético Madrid
  • Michael Verschueren, Member of the ECA Executive Board / Anderlecht Executive Board
  • Domingos Soares de Oliveira, Member of the Board of ECA / CEO of Benfica
  • Dan Friedkin, ECA board member / Roma president
  • Charlie Marshall, CEO of the ECA
  • Luca Percassi, CEO of Atalanta
  • David Aganzo, president of FIFPRO
  • Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, secretary general of FIFPRO
  • Ronan Evain, Executive Director of Football Supporters Europe
  • Kevin Miles, CEO of the Football Supporters’ Association
  • A22 Sports was represented by Bernd Reichart, Anas Laghrari and John Hahn

English clubs were unable to attend the meeting due to a scheduled meeting of Premier League shareholders.

European football will continue to strive strongly for the positive development of the game and society in the future. UEFA expects to welcome all recognized European football stakeholders and partners later this week to the second convention on the future of European football, where constructive dialogue will prevail. Discussions will cover topics ranging from good governance and competitiveness to the further development of women’s football, ”UEFA officially announced.

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A22, the promoters of the Super League, thought they would have a face-to-face meeting with UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin. Instead, more than 30 directors attended the meeting, including Javier Tebas and Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. The meeting was described as “amazing” and lasted 2.5 hours. There was confusion as A22 claimed not to be affiliated with the previous ESL nor to have any ties to Juventus, Barcelona or Real. They were questioned by a number of stakeholders and refused to explain who was behind the company or the funding.

Ben Jacobs reports that interested parties have confirmed to him that the A22 has not come up with any new ideas. The support groups were very loud and Al-Khelaïfi and Tebas united in their criticism.

Aleksander Čeferin openly told A22 that nothing would stand in the way of starting the Superleague, after which he suggested that hardly any club would join it. A22 representatives felt unwelcome at the meeting. One of the people said to Jaocboswi, “It’s a miracle how they even got into the room.” And another source describes the atmosphere as “aggressive,” saying Čeferin said at one point to A22 CEO Bernd Reichart, “I am the host. I make the rules and I’ll tell you when to speak out. “

The meeting was for A22 a clear reminder of how difficult it will be to create a Super League. They wanted a dialogue and got it with almost every interested representative. But it was less discussion and more an ambush with management, clubs and fans expressing clear opposition. Another key date is December 15, when the advocate general will issue a non-binding recommendation as to whether UEFA, under competition law, may have a monopoly on European club competitions. A22 seek legal backing to act through this case.

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