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Blow to European Super League plans as English clubs stand by stance of NOT wanting to join

There’s a fresh blow to European Super League plans as English clubs stand by their stance of NOT wanting to join as a new format emerges.

Revamped plans for the controversial competition were announced after a top court ruled that banning clubs from joining a breakaway league is found to be unlawful.

A fresh proposal was put it place, with a league system seeing 64 men’s clubs across three leagues with participation based on sporting merit and no permanent members – while aย women’s competition would include 32 clubs across two divisions.

A case was brought by the European Super League and its backers claiming UEFA and FIFA were breaking competition law by threatening to sanction those who joined the breakaway league, with Europe’s highest court going against the governing bodies, though did say that didn’t mean a breakaway league would “necessarily be approved”.

Yet the ruling does seemingly put ESL plans back on the table, with A22 – backers of the original ESL – outlining new proposals with an annual promotion and relegation system, as can be seen below…

In a statement following the ECJ’s ruling, the Football Supporters Association said: “There is no place for an ill-conceived breakaway super league.

“Supporters, players and clubs have already made clear they don’t want a stitched-up competition – we all want to see the trigger pulled on the walking dead monstrosity that is the European Zombie League.

“While the corpse might continue to twitch in the European courts, no English side will be joining.

“The incoming independent regulator will block any club from competing in domestic competition if they join a breakaway super league.

“Success must be earned on the pitch, not stitched-up in boardrooms.”

The European Clubs Association said: “To be absolutely clear, the judgment in no way whatsoever supports or endorses any form of Super League project.

“Football is a social contract not a legal contract – all the recognised stakeholders of European and world football – spanning confederations, federations, clubs, leagues, players and fans – stand more united than ever against the attempts by a few individuals pursing personal agendas to undermine the very foundations and basic principles of European football.”

But they need clubs for this right? And since the court ruling on Thursday (21st December), more and more teams are making it clear they aren’t wanting to join.

The ESL started in April 2021, with 12 teams – including English teams Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – signing up to the breakaway competition.

However, following widespread anger, protests and condemnation, the plans collapsed within 72 hours.

And it seems we’re seeing it second time around. Here’s a list of clubs who say there are NOT joining.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Manchester United
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Manchester City
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Tottenham
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Chelsea
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Liverpool
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Arsenal
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Celtic
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Rangers
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Porto
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Sevilla
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Valencia
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Atletico Madrid
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Real Sociedad
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Cadiz
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Levante
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Valladolid
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Granada
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Villarreal
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Bayern
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Dortmund
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Leipzig
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต PSG
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต Monaco
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต Marseille
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต Lyon
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Inter
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AS Roma
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Atalanta
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Genoa
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Udinese
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Feyenoord
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Copenhagen
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Salzburg

Man Utd said in a statement on Thursday (21 December): “Manchester United has issued the following statement in reaction to today’s judgement by the European Court of Justice on the European Super League:

“Our position has not changed. We remain fully committed to participation in UEFA competitions, and to positive cooperation with UEFA, the Premier League, and fellow clubs through the ECA on the continued development of the European game.”

Atletico Madrid said in a detailed statement: “Atlรฉtico de Madrid, after analyzing the ruling of the European Court of Justice, would like to express the following:

“1. The resolution regarding the framework for prior authorization of other competitions refers to outdated UEFA statutes that were already amended in June 2022.

“2. The European Club Association (ECA) and UEFA have established a partnership that renders the consideration of UEFA as a monopoly meaningless. Through agreements within this joint venture, clubs decide 50% on the sale of sponsorship and television rights, revenue distribution, and competition formats.

“3. The European football community does not support the European Super League. Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain (except for Real Madrid and Barcelona), etc. oppose the Super League. We advocate for protecting the broader European football family, preserving domestic leagues, and securing qualification for European competitions through on-field performance each season.”

Bayern Munich said they won’t be participating in the Super League and view it as “an attack on the importance of the national leagues.”

In a club statement, CEO Christian Dreesen said: โ€œWe have taken note of the judgment of the European Court of Justice. However, this does not change the attitude of FC Bayern and the attitude of the ECA that such a competition would represent an attack on the importance of the national leagues and the statics of European football.

“The Bundesliga forms the foundation of FC Bayern, just as all national leagues form the foundation of European football clubs. Therefore, it is our duty and our deep conviction to strengthen them, not weaken them.

“We also support the European club competitions under the umbrella of Uefa. So once again itโ€™s very clear: the door for the Super League at FC Bayern remains closed.โ€

Kaveh outlined just how tough it would be for Premier League clubs to join: “I think there are still some very, very significant hurdles for people who want to set up a European Super League to overcome.

“The first one is the fans. If the fans want to stop this happening, they can stop this happening.

“We saw what happened with fan power two and a half years ago when very, very quickly, even though we were in the middle of COVID restrictions, fans came out and said, enough is enough.

“We are not going to put up with this. We don’t want this European Super League.

“So I think the fans have a big voice and they still have a lot of power.

“I would also say that pretty soon in the UK, we’re going to have an independent football regulator.

“So if you want to run a professional football club in the UK, you’re going to need a license from the independent regulator.

“And one of the conditions of that license is almost certainly going to be that you don’t sign up to join breakaway Super League. So there’s that hurdle to cross as well.

“And also there’s the hurdle to cross of the rules of existing domestic competitions.

“For instance, the Premier League has an owner’s charter, and in that owner’s charter, you have to give an undertaking that you will not join a breakaway unsanctioned league.

“So, look, this is good news for people who want to set up a European Super League, but I don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen very, very quickly, and I still think there are very significant hurdles for anyone dreaming of this Super League to overcome.”

DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) said: “The attempt to create a breakaway competition was a defining moment in English football and was universally condemned by fans, clubs and the Government.

“We took decisive action at the time by triggering the fan-led review of football governance, which called for the creation of a new independent regulator for English football.

“We will shortly be bringing forward legislation that makes this a reality, and will stop clubs from joining any similar breakaway competitions in the future.”

UEFA are also reportedly considering ‘ditching’ the new Champions League format in favour of and sticking to the current format. They see it as a way to beat the European Super League.

Twitter users reacted amid a big blow to European Super League plans as English clubs stand by their stance of NOT wanting to join…

@bootcutgenes: The Super League is basically just a desperate way for the 2 Spanish clubs to make money and gaslight everyone else into thinking itโ€™ll be good for them too

@DrawtyDevil: Super League 2.0 died on its arse rather quickly this time.

@IanPattersonMU: Great to see such a swift statement from the club on this. Other clubs putting out similar statements show that this won’t prevail yet again but also a reminder of why we still need an independent regulator in football to protect the game, clubs and supporters.

@markdel99: Thank fuck for that. Imagine 14 European games a season watching Onana keep throwing it in his own net ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

@Harryduke123: More and more clubs pulling out ๐Ÿ™

@007RyanWilliams: Thank you… not to the owners of the big 6. But the players, staff, and most of all fans who 2 years ago ensured that this nightmare wouldn’t happen without vehement opposition. Their owners listened, but not before revealing their own greed.

@strghtedgematt: The European Super League was going to fail from the get-go. All the clubs and their supporters could see it failing from a mile away and they all pulled out because of how bad it looks and they will continue to do so until the creators of the ESL give up

James Wright: Only because they saw the reaction of fans and governing bodies last time. Give it time and they’ll try something like this again, and probably succeed when the game has financially caved in on itself.

Craig Lourie: The fans rejected it before and thats the only reason, making out like the 6 clubs have taken this high moral stance is laughable. They would all be signed up if they could get away with it

Stuart Hollis: If there wasn’t such a backlash the last time they’d all jump at the chance.

Mark Holland: It only exists for the likes of Madrid and Barca, they are the only ones who want it being so far in debt

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