The new chief executive of the European Super League, Bernd Reichart, has expressed a desire to have discussions with stakeholders to launch a new proposal for the breakaway competition.
Tottenham, as well as the five other ‘big six’ clubs in the Premier League, were among the 12 teams across Europe who signed up for the breakaway competition last year.
However, all six Premier League clubs were forced to withdraw from the tournament following a wave of fan protests (BBC Sport). Spurs subsequently issued an apology to the fans for signing up to the league without consulting them (Guardian).
However, the proposal is far from dead, with Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona still backing the breakaway competition.
Reichart has now explained that he plans to have talks with all the stakeholders in the game to decide on a new path moving forward.
“Even fans will have a lot of sympathy for the idea, It is a blank slate. The format will never be an obstacle.
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“There is a reassessment. There is a clearly stated move towards an open format and permanent membership is off the table.
“We want to see whether or not there is a broader consensus about the problems facing European football. If fundamental change is to come, we want to be prepared.”
Football.London explain that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are currently involved in a legal dispute against UEFA over the ESL, with the case set to be ruled in the European Court of Justice in the spring of next year.
The report states that the ruling and the proposed format changes could tempt the likes of Spurs into making a different decision on the ESL should it be relaunched.
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The main issue that supporters had with the ESL was the fact that some clubs would have permanent membership. If that is taken off the table, then I suspect fans could come around on the idea a little.
There is no doubt that there are some serious issues with UEFA and Reichart’s point about European football needing some structural changes is evidently true.