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Sources have confirmed to the Telegraph that Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – have agreed to join Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus in forming a European Super League.
The Premier League, Uefa and a number of supporter groups have condemned the proposed breakaway.
“The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid,” a spokesperson said.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.
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“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs.”
The news came less than 24 hours before Uefa was due to sign off on its own plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League on Monday.
“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,” Uefa said.
“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.”
The move is a surprise after the European Club Association (ECA), which represents 246 of the continent’s leading clubs, gave their backing to Uefa’s Champions League reforms which are on the agenda for Monday’s executive committee meeting.
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