Union of European Football Association (UEFA) in association with FIFA, English FA, Spanish La liga and the Italian Serie A board have released a statement warning players and teams participating in the European Super League (ESL) of a possible ban.
“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,” the statement says.
Six Premier League clubs have have agreed to join forces with six others from Italy and Spain to create the ESL tournament, which has long been in the offing despite significant opposition from UEFA and the respective leagues.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester City and Liverpool have signed up alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan and their city rivals Inter Milan.
“Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs,” reads the ESL-FIFA statement.
Surprisingly, no German or French club has agreed to join the league including last season’s Champions League finalist, Bayern Munich and PSG. However, it is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence soon.
UEFA has urged politicians and football stakeholders to join hands and fight the “cynical project” founded on the self interest of a few clubs.
“We 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 call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project,” UEFA says.