Twelve of Europe’s largest golf equipment on Monday stated they deliberate to launch a breakaway Tremendous League, regardless of the specter of a global ban for them and their gamers.
“AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding golf equipment,” stated an announcement by the group.
The founding golf equipment will obtain “a one-time fee of the order of three.5 billion euros”.
“Three extra golf equipment shall be invited to affix them earlier than the beginning of the inaugural season which can begin as quickly as practicable,” added the organisers.
UEFA stated earlier Sunday that gamers from the 12 golf equipment confronted worldwide exile and described it as “a cynical venture, a venture that’s based on the self-interest of some golf equipment”.
Nevertheless, the 12 insisted the brand new competitors will profit the sport normally.
“By bringing collectively the world’s best golf equipment and gamers to play one another all through the season, the Tremendous League will open a brand new chapter for European soccer, making certain world-class competitors and amenities, and elevated monetary assist for the broader soccer pyramid,” stated Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United and vice-chairman of the Tremendous League.
If the determine of a 3.5 billion euro windfall is confirmed, it is going to signify a higher income than at present generated by UEFA for all of its membership competitions — Champions League, Europa League and European Tremendous Cup — which generated 3.2 billion euros in TV income in 2018-2019.
In keeping with the promoters, the Tremendous League would function within the type of a daily season between 20 golf equipment.
The 15 founders will mechanically qualify every year and the opposite 5 shall be drawn from invites “via a system primarily based on their efficiency from the earlier season”.
On the finish of this primary part beginning in August, finish of season play-offs can be organised till Might to award the trophy.
Video games shall be staged in midweek.
Monday’s announcement got here simply hours earlier than UEFA meets in Switzerland to announce its personal reforms to the Champions League, with an enlargement to 36 groups from 32 and two ‘wildcard’ slots anticipated to be among the many plans.
There can be a minimal of 10 video games for every staff.
The Tremendous League stated they hoped to work with UEFA and FIFA to keep away from a civil struggle within the sport.
“Going ahead, the Founding Golf equipment sit up for holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work collectively in partnership to ship one of the best outcomes for the brand new League and for soccer as an entire,” they stated.
Florentino Perez, the president of Actual Madrid and the chairman of the Tremendous League, additionally insisted that the sport as an entire will profit.
“We are going to assist soccer at each stage and take it to its rightful place on the earth,” he stated.
“Soccer is the one international sport on the earth with greater than 4 billion followers and our accountability as large golf equipment is to reply to their wishes.”