European Super League is act of WAR, says Southampton boss Hasenhuttl.

European Super League is an act of WAR and ‘a big threat we have to fight against’, claims Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl… after Premier League’s Big Six signed up for breakaway competition

  • Ralph Hasenhuttl says that the European Super League is an act of war
  • The Southampton boss says that the clubs have to fight against the proposals 
  • The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ have signed up for the breakaway competition 

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has described the European Super League as ‘a big threat’ and warned of ‘war’ with the clubs involved.

The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, have signed up for the European Super League along with leading clubs from Spain and Italy.

Hasenhuttl is staunchly opposed to the Super League and and stressed that the Premier League clubs who aren’t involved in the proposals will ‘have to fight against it’.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says the European Super League is an act of war

Hasenhuttl said: ‘There cannot be any other opinion about it. It’s a big threat, what I see coming up, war, if you want, from the big clubs.

‘We will see what the future brings but it’s a big threat and we have to fight against it.

‘I hope we have the fans with us and without the fans football won’t work. They have a lot of power, these big clubs.’ 

Hasenhuttl says that it is important for clubs to fight against the proposed Super League

Manchester City and Manchester United have both signed up for the European Super League

Southampton, who are currently 14th in the Premier League, were beaten by Leicester on Sunday in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.  

The Super League is designed to be a midweek competition, with clubs still participating in their domestic leagues, but it remains to be seen whether the ‘Big Six’ would still be permitted to compete in the Premier League.

In addition to the English sides, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid have also signed up to the Super League.

The tournament is scheduled to get underway in August, with teams split into two groups of ten. 

Competing clubs would receive £3.03billion, which is set against future broadcast revenue.

Pundits such as Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards have all criticised the Super League.  

SUPER LEAGUE FULL STATEMENT AND COMPETITION FORMAT 

Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today [Sunday] come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.

It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable. Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.

The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.

The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.

In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.

Competition Format

• 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

• Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.

• An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals.

Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

As soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game.

The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. These solidarity payments will be substantially higher than those generated by the current European competition and are expected to be in excess of €10 billion (£8.7bn) during the course of the initial commitment period of the Clubs.

In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial foundation with all Founding Clubs signing up to a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion (£3bn) solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic. Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid and the first Chairman of the Super League said: ‘We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.’

Backing the new European league, Andrea Agnelli, Chairman of Juventus and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said: ‘Our 12 Founder clubs represent billions of fans across the globe and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, enabling European competition to be transformed, putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of headline fixtures that will feed their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models.’

Joel Glazer, Co-Chairman of Manchester United and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said: ‘By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.’




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