What originally seemed like a fait accompli over the formation of the new European Super
League has now grown into what appears to be a three way conflict. In one corner you have
the Premier League, La Liga, UEFA and other national football leagues. Pitted against them is
the rump of the envisaged European Super League, Thrown into the mix are those clubs mostly
Premier League, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs,
Arsenal, but also IInter and AC Milan from Italy.
These clubs were originally all for the new league and willingly accepted the invitations to
participate when they arrived, but when faced with the massive opposition from their national
leagues and especially the backlash from the fans were quick to distance themselves from the
new league, at least publicly although it is likely that in the long term they would still be
interested in taking part. By agreeing to be subject to their respective leagues’ proposed
sanctions and by agreeing to pay compensation to grass roots football they seem to be
admitting their guilt in the matter and expressing a wish to move forward. They are seeking to
get the company that was formed to create the Super League scrapped.
In another corner are the three ringleaders namely Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
These clubs are standing firm and are prepared to slug it out to affirm their rights in proposing
the new league. Why are the so-called rebels insistent on changing things and rearranging
things at football.s top table? The fundamental reason is money. They regard themselves as
generating the most revenue through popularity, crowds, merchandising rights and T V rights
and should therefore be rewarded accordingly through influence and a permanent place in the
league structure regardless of performance.
It would be hard to argue against this viewpoint, the majority of teams that make up the
Champions League are there to make the numbers up and viewing figures small in number.
They won’t be easily pushed aside. Over the years european football has repeatedly been
down this road, changes have been made and remade to mollify and accommodate the
demands of the top clubs. Influence has trickled down but now a permanent place beckons.
Perez, the Real Madrid president and Juventus owner, recognises that football is in financial
trouble and their product needs to be promoted more vigorously on a world stage. These clubs
are quite prepared to take their case to court and seem quite happy that justice is on their side.
They regard the somewhat abrupt declaration of the European Super League as a result of lack
of negotiation. Indeed, a spanish court has just ruled that UEFA.s threats are illegal and need to
For its part UEFA is holding the line that they held for many years. Change needs to be gradual
and clubs not complying with corporate regulations will face punishment. They can point to the
gradual changes to their structures as evidence that their product works and that sudden
developments only make advertisers and TV companies jittery and looking for other sports to