Cadena COPE: Barca to be part of ECA's European Super League from 2024
- Chelsea are reportedly among founding members for the new grand competition advanced by Juve's president Andrea Agnelli.
- UEFA has held off the threat by signing 'a memorandum of understanding' which expires in 2024.
- After that, sixteen clubs plan to detach themselves from their national leagues to join the continental one.
Spanish radio station Cadena Cope claims that sixteen European clubs, with Barcelona among them, are reported to be the founders of a new major continental club tournament, the so-called European Super League. Games of Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and other national competitions will be moved to mid-week, while the fixtures of this new predominant league will be played in the weekends.
According to the source, this idea was discussed at a meeting of the European Club Association (ECA) two days ago, with its chairman, Juventus's Andrea Agnelli, especially active in pushing it forward.
Earlier reports suggested that UEFA managed to prevent such a move by agreeing to a "memorandum of understanding" with ECA. President of the main European football body Aleksander Ceferin said: "I am delighted that we have reached such an agreement and that we – as Europe’s football governing body – and European clubs will continue to work closely together to further promote, develop and shape the future of football across the continent."
However, it seems like the discussions have not stopped and the top-clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Man United, are determined to put the Super League into practice after 2024 when the memorandum becomes null and void.
The new tournament will supposedly start in 2024 and 32 teams will compete in it. Promotions and relegations are planned, but not for the founding members. TV rights' worth is projected to be around €900m per year. The rest of the clubs in the talks are Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Olympique Lyon, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Inter, Roma, Juve and AC Milan.
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