UEFA say "enough is enough" in damning response to European Super League plans

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UEFA has slammed the clubs preparing to break away and form a European Super League.

On the eve of UEFA’s announcement on a new format for the Champions League, The Times have revealed that Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all agreed to a new project.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus are also believed to be involved in the plans.

And following the news, UEFA has hit out at the clubs involved and warned them that they will consider all options available to them to prevent it from happening.

The statement read: “UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.

"If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.

"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.

"As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.

"We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this. We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough."

UEFA’s new Champions League format will see 36 teams enter the competition at the group stage and teams play 10 group matches instead of six.

European football’s governing body felt it had fended off the threat of a breakaway Super League, but news of the plans comes as a major blow just one day before their format changes.

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  • It had won the support of the European Club Association, only for the Super League protect to be revived by Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli.

    Back in January it was revealed that founder members of a proposed European Super League would be offered up to a staggering £310million each to join the competition.

    An expected 15 clubs would be founding members, with five others qualifying on a season-by-season basis.

    The Super League would see two groups of 10 clubs play each other home and away, before the top four from each group advance to two-legged quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final.

    Matches would be played in midweek, and clubs would have the rights to show four matches per season on their own digital platforms.

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    • Champions League
    • Manchester United FC
    • Liverpool FC
    • Arsenal FC
    • Manchester City FC
    • Chelsea FC
    • Tottenham Hotspur FC
    • Premier League

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