European Leagues chair calls for increased dialogue after Super League collapse: "Depending on alliances with individual big clubs has proven to be an unsustainable model"

21 April 2021

Photo: Alamy "You shouldn't reward someone for stepping out and wanting all the money for themselves and then coming back again," says European Leagues chair Claus Thomsen.

Claus Thomsen, the recently appointed chair of the European Leagues, speaks to Off The Pitch after plans for a breakaway Super League collapsed.

Recognising fans' and stakeholders' response to the proposal, he calls on the industry to further take base in its European values.

That means UEFA's club competitions reform mustn't give additional Champions League spots to the top four leagues.

In addition, solidarity payments for non-participating clubs should be doubled to increase the competitive balance.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

It's still hard to grasp the events that have unfolded since Sunday. The full extent and implications of the breakaway Super League, which now seems to have entirely collapsed, will likely not be known for some time.

What is clear, however, is that the project has yet again forced the industry to take a hard look at itself. And most hope this will lead to changes for the benefit of the whole system. 

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