Fall Under Pressure: Super League Project Ends Even Before It Starts
The English teams officially got out, followed by the two Milan greats and, according to the official announcement of the European Super League, it was suspended in order to “change the project”. In other words, the project that had the potential to revolutionize, many would say destroy football as we all have known it, did not get the necessary amount of air to breathe to start its life.
English ‘Big Six’ first to drop out
The closed-type competition that was planned to be founded by some of the richest European clubs seems to have collapsed like a tower of cards. After a big storm, the discontent of the fans, and threats from UEFA and FIFA, the clubs of the English ‘Big Six’ withdrew first, and the same decision was made by Inter and Milan.
The official announcement of the Super League followed, which has been suspended. At least, for now, according to Florentino Pérez (who was supposed to be in charge of the competition). He still thinks that it is only a matter of time when this project will be revived. But despite that and also despite the fact that most of the initiators of the idea of new competition are not reconciled with that, this is definitely the end of the Super League even before it started. It means that the top bookmakers will have to wait for a while to prepare the offer for this competition.
Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Manchester United have officially given up on the idea, while Chelsea have also initiated the procedure for withdrawal. Milan decided to retire, and then the same step was made by their city rivals Inter. Real Madrid remained the members of the European Super League, whose president Pérez, as we said, is sitting at the head of the planned competition, as well as Barcelona (which also announced its withdrawal), Atlético Madrid, and Juventus.
In the official announcement from the Super League, it is stressed that it is still considering appropriate steps to change the project because the organization is convinced that the current status quo of European football must change, explaining they were proposing a new European competition because the existing system was not working.
How Much Does Collapse of Project Cost?
Twelve Super League founders are about 110,000,000 euros ‘lighter’, according to the information of the Daily Mail, which is how much flirting with a divorce from UEFA cost. Each of the founders paid 8,000,000 pounds (about 9,280,000 euros) for the shares of the Super League company, which was supposed to lead the newly formed competition. So when we multiply that by the number of participants, we come to the amount of a little over 111,000,000 euros.
It is not known how much of that money has already evaporated, but there will definitely be a minus sign next to the figure. The sum might be even bigger because, allegedly, everyone also signed clauses according to which the Super League could fine them in case of withdrawal. Namely, they all committed themselves to loyalty to the new competition for a period of at least three years. But they knew well that there would be pressure. They may not have expected this big of pressure, but they were certainly prepared for it. Marca, however, claims that this will not happen. After all, in the end, almost everyone left the project, so why would they punish themselves?
The Super League company will remain, without profit, of course, until it devises some new ways to reduce the influence of UEFA and FIFA, that is, to make the piece of the ‘cake’ that goes to international football institutions smaller, and increase its own. The Daily Mail also writes that the Super League also planned to make similar competition in South America, Asia, and Africa – on the same principle. There was even thought of a club World Cup that would directly hit FIFA’s planetary club show. In the end – all that is left are a dummy bullet and the negative balance on the Super League account…