Shock report late on Sunday evening: The European Super League announced in an official statement that twelve clubs will take part in the newly founded competition.
The founding members include AC Milan, Juventus Turin and Inter Milan from Italy, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool from England as well as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona from Spain. In addition, three more clubs are to be added by the time the game begins.
Real boss Florentino Perez is the first president of the Super League, with Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli as vice-president. Manchester United’s Joel Glazer will also serve as vice president. The league wants to start the competition “as soon as possible,” said the press release.
The teams should continue to play national leagues. OK. BUT: These 15 teams should get 3.5 billion at the start. Everything else can be imagined. Incredible sums for a closed circle. No team would ever catch up to those 15 again. #SuperLeague
– Florian Schmidt-Sommerfeld (@Schmiso) April 18, 2021
The Super League announced pic.twitter.com/nAooYowBZ3
– Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 18, 2021
During the night, several official press releases from the participating clubs appeared on social networks. Some press releases here:
We are one of 12 Founding Clubs of the European Super League
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 18, 2021
Leading European football clubs announce new Super League competition: AC Milan joins as Founding Club ➡️ https://t.co/dXiStCInkVThe main European football clubs announce the new Super League: Milan among the Founding Clubs ➡️ https://t.co/b4nWsJ6GCn pic.twitter.com/XrAYgSs8LU
— AC Milan (@acmilan) April 18, 2021
Official Announcement: The main European football clubs announce the new Super League.#RealMadrid
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) April 18, 2021
Manchester United legend Gary Neville was critical of his colleagues at Sky Sports UK about the establishment of the European Super League:
“This is disowning your own club stuff.” 🚮@ GNev2 hits out at the six clubs linked with a Super League breakaway and says they should be ‘punished heavily’ by the Premier League and English governing bodies. pic.twitter.com/Sy0gM6qdgm
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 18, 2021
How it will go with the UEFA competitions is still unclear. A statement from UEFA is expected on Monday morning.
There’s *nothing* stated, official or confirmed yet about next Champions League and Europa League matches “temporarily suspended”. No press release, *nothing* decided yet. UEFA meeting in the next hours will clarify this point. 🚫 #UEFA
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 18, 2021