Madrid A group of elite European football clubs once again threatened to withdraw from the Champions League and establish a separate league, just as UEFA believed it had reached an agreement on the new format of its own tournament announced on Monday.
A person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that the governing body knows that Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and other clubs are directing plans to establish the Super League. The person made a speech on Sunday, but did not reveal his identity so that he could secretly provide details of the negotiations, thus corroborating the “London Times” report.
The European Club Association Council and the UEFA Competition Committee led by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli approved Friday the increase of the UEFA Champions League teams from 32 to 36, the new format It will take effect in 2024.
Although Agnelli played a role in the ECA and is a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, Juventus is the same as Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Is one of the clubs participating in the Super League. . French champion Paris Saint-Germain did not agree to join the project.
The creation of the annual tournament composed of 20 teams will have 15 permanent members. The other five will vary by season, but the qualifying format has not yet been determined.
Each of the 15 founding members will receive a portion of 3.5 billion euros (4.2 billion US dollars), which will be invested at the start of the tournament. The money will be distributed among the four levels of clubs, with the revenue of the first six clubs being 350 million euros ($420 million).
The competition will start with two groups of 10 teams each, with the top four teams in each group entering the quarter-finals. This will ensure that there are at least 18 controversies in the Super League matches each year, and at least 10 matches in the new format of the championship group stage.
Except for the finals, other matches will be played in the same week as the current UEFA Champions League so that they can continue their domestic matches.