According to Sky Sports News (20/10/20 at 14:00), six Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, could be set to join a new ‘European Premier League’.
The report reveals that talks are being spearheaded by Liverpool and Manchester United but all of the ‘big six’ in England could become founding members of the league.
Financiers are reportedly putting together a $6 billion funding package to help create the new tournament, which could be set to begin as early as 2022.
Clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are said to be involved in the negotiations in what is being described as a development that “could reshape the sport’s global landscape.”
The FIFA-backed tournament could be set to begin with around 18 teams from across the continent.
The report claims that this has not been proposed as a ‘breakaway league’ but rather to be played in tandem with the domestic leagues.
The format being suggested is an initial round-robin, with the teams at the top of the table qualifying for the knockout stages. A formal announcement is expected as early as the end of this month.
Spurs Web Opinion
This basically sounds like an extension of the Champions League but just with a lot more games. This is clearly an effort by the top clubs around Europe to maintain their financial dominance and put an end to the meritocratic way in which European qualification is now decided. I do not think this is good for the game in the long-term but unfortunately, a European Super League is unavoidable as the opportunity cost of not starting such a league is too high for owners of the top clubs around Europe.
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