A press release which has formally confirmed the creation of the breakaway European Super League has been released.
Tottenham Hotspur are one of six Premier League clubs who have agreed to take part including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United as founder clubs along with La Liga’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid and Serie A’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
The statement claims that three other clubs are expected to join the twelve founder members ahead of the first season which kicks off in March, with matches to take place during midweek.
Many former players including Gary Neville have condemned the actions of the twelve clubs and called for the Premier League’s big six to be punished (Sky Sports).
Tottenham confirmed their participation with a separate story published on their official website and revealed that they are committed to working with all involved, including the club’s supporters in due course.
The statement from the club read: “We can confirm that we have joined 11 other European clubs in agreeing to form a new competition, the European Super League.
“A joint statement released on behalf of all 12 Founding Clubs can be viewed below and we shall look to provide further details in due course.
“We are committed to working with all stakeholders, particularly supporters, as plans for the competition develop.”
The official Super League statement read: “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new midweek competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.
“AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
“Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.
“The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.”
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