The 12 clubs who have agreed to join a new European Super League (ESL) have on Sunday been warned by European football’s governing body UEFA that they face being banned from domestic and international competitions if they set up a rival to the Champions League.
UEFA in a joint statement with Spanish, English and Italian leagues and federations said it will consider “all measures”, including the courts, in opposition to plans for a breakaway competition.
UEFA said “the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.
In a seismic move for European football, Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid are the clubs who have agreed to join a new European Super League (ESL).
They make up 12 of what will be 15 founding clubs, who cannot be relegated from the closed-shop elite with Borussia Dortmund rejecting the opportunity to join.
Five clubs will be entitled to qualify every year, with the season running from August to May.
The ESL which is also planning to launch a women’s competition as soon as possible after the men’s tournament starts said the founding clubs had agreed to establish a “new midweek competition” with teams continuing to “compete in their respective national leagues”.
It said the inaugural season was “intended to commence as soon as practicable” and “anticipated that a further three clubs” would join the breakaway.
Critics say the move is being driven purely by money, would destroy domestic leagues and is against the integrity of the sport.
UEFA is due to sign off on its own plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League on Monday but less than 24 hours before the meeting reports emerged of a new attempt at creating a rival competition involving the continent’s top clubs.
Condemning the move when the news broke on Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking on Monday said the government was “going to look at everything that we can do with the football authorities to make sure that this doesn’t go ahead in the way that it’s currently being proposed”.
Johnson speaking to broadcasters on a visit to Gloucestershire said “I don’t think that it is good news for fans, I don’t think it’s good news for football in this country.”
Chelsea Beat Real Madrid To Set Up All-English Champions League Final Against Manchester City
Chelsea defeat Real Madrid 2 – 0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, 3-1 on aggregate to set-up all English UCL final against Manchester City in Istanbul.
With goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount, Chelsea beat the Spanish side 2-0 in west London after a 1-1 draw in the away leg.
On 29 May, Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after convincingly overcoming a fading Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s hosts were grateful to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for two fine first-half saves from Karim Benzema but they were able to build on the 1-1 draw they achieved in Madrid when Timo Werner headed in from almost on the goal-line in the 28th minute after Kai Havertz had lofted a finish on to the bar.
Mahrez Fires City To First Champions League Final
Riyad Mahrez scored twice to complete Manchester City’s journey to a first-ever UEFA Champions League final with a 2-0 victory, eliminating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate in the semifinals on Tuesday.
City’s manger Pep Guardiola, who won the elusive title twice with Spanish giants Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, has made it to the final for the first time with Manchester City after he fell short three times with Bayern Munich and has taken until his fifth season at City to even reach the semifinals.
City will be favourites for the final after an outstanding campaign which has included seven straight wins in this competition, the first English club to achieve that feat.
The celebrations at the final whistle told the story as one psychological barrier was cleared, with one more hurdle left to negotiate before they can claim the holy grail.
Manchester City now stand 90 minutes away from glory and the trophy that has been in their sights since the day the club was transformed in September 2008.
Madagascar Suspend Coach Nicolas Dupuis
Madagascar have announced the suspension of national team coach Nicolas Dupuis just under a month before the start of their group phase campaign in the 2022 world cup qualifiers. In a statement, the Malagasy Football Federation said Dupuis would not be paid during the suspension.
The statement accused the 53-year-old Frenchman of “engagement with several other entities without prior authorization from the federation.” He is also charged with interference in the selection process of the equipment supplier for the national team.
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