Fury as elite clubs blindside UEFA in European Super League breakaway

18 April 2021

Super League
Photo: Alamy AC Milan and Juventus are two of the 12 founding clubs in the European Super League expected to commence as soon as practicable in a big blow to governing body UEFA

Breakaway league re-emerges on eve of UEFA announcing new format for Champions League.

The 12 founding clubs of European Super League expects a three further clubs to join as founders in their "new midweek competition" with teams continuing to "compete in their respective national leagues".

Governing bodies blindsided during a week of rumour and counter-rumour.

Threats to ban some of the world’s leading clubs if they see through their plans.

James Corbett and Mads Meisner corbett@offthepitch.com

Twelve leading European clubs have signed up to a breakaway European Super League, blindsiding UEFA and major European leagues who, with FIFA, have threatened to ban clubs and players who participate in any new competition.

News of the rebel breakaway came on Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours before UEFA was due to announce a new format for the Champions League from 2024 and was confirmed by the 12 clubs in a press release around midnight

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