Barcelona have reportedly announced their views on a European Super League
The Premier League’s ‘big five’ - Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool - were reported to have discussed plans to form a breakaway European Super League recently.
The rumour is that Europe’s top sides are planning to quit domestic competitions and UEFA’s continental tournaments and create their own league that features the same teams each season, similar to the structure in the NFL.
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Barcelona would, of course, be included among the teams in the Super League.
The Catalan club have won the European Cup five times in their history and are favourites to make it six this season. The league would hardly be ‘super’ if Barcelona weren’t included.
And, according to their financial vice-president, Barcelona are all for boycotting their current confines and establishing a separate league.
Susana Monje is quoted by The Sun as telling La Vanguardia: “We must promote a European league from a position where clubs are in control.
“Right now we depend on organisations like UEFA or FIFA, whose management can be improved, and that is the clearest of objectives that the club must pursue.”
Not everyone is happy with the plans
A Super League has been derided by many, with Leicester City being used as an example of why it would be an upsetting sight.
The Foxes have risen from relegation candidates at the start of the season to potential Premier League winners. A breakaway league would prevent such compelling tales from happening.
Claudio Ranieri was one of those who hit out, branding clubs who would be willing to join the new league as cowardly.
“All the fans want sport to be very clear, for there to be respect for everybody,” Ranieri said, per The Guardian.
“I understand the bigger teams want to be sure to get money and don’t want to lose one year without the Champions League but this is sport. You have to deserve the Champions League.
“For one year you don’t achieve this, you want to make something different? I think it’s not right. You are afraid, you are not strong. You are afraid to lose money.
“It’s not good for the sport because after, what happens? There are four or five teams from each country, and the rest, what do they do?
“People must think what the fans want, not only about money because culture and fans are more important than other things.”
American billionaire Stephen Ross is believed to be the brainchild of the Super League and it is thought that his business partner, Charlie Stillitano, met with senior figures at England’s top five in London earlier this month.
Clubs will be selected based on domestic success, history, attractiveness and marketing potential, meaning the Premier League - the richest league in European football by some distance - would be well represented.