• ‘Closed league will have serious and lasting implications’
• Association of European Leagues strongly opposes idea
A breakaway European Super League would have “serious and lasting implications” for the long-term sustainability of professional football, a group representing more than 900 clubs in 25 countries across Europe has warned.
According to Der Spiegel, several clubs – including Real Madrid and five Premier League teams – have discussed forming a 16-team European Super League that could begin as soon as 2021. As part of their plans, the clubs allegedly discussed “an option for leaving the national leagues and their football associations behind entirely”.