In a joint statement, UEFA, English FA, Italian FA, Spanish FA, Premier, Liga, and Serie A have announced that the 12 clubs that will join the European Super League will be banned from all domestic competitions.
In specific, all teams that join the Super League will be banned from any other competition at Domestic, European, or World level. Additionally, the players in these teams may also be denied the opportunity to represent their countries on a national level.
The statement also gives thanks to clubs from the French and German leagues – notably Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain – for denying participation in such a league. UEFA makes clear their sentiment towards the idea of a Super League, and what it represents for the rest of football: “This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough.”
The idea of a European Super League is anti-footballing in its very nature. The formation of a new competition would hand over tremendous power to a select few clubs who will exclusively participate in their own league. Namely, these clubs include Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City, and other large institutions.
Several reports claim that Barcelona have agreed to be a part of this competition. However, back in January, Joan Laporta had a starkly contrasting view on the Super League.
The Barcelona president said, “I think the European Super League represents everything that is wrong with football. It’s all about the money, you lose the essence of the beautiful sport.” It is, therefore, curious as to why Barça would agree to be a part of such a league.
Such a competition would draw eyes away from the Champions League and strip smaller clubs of the opportunity for monetary gains. This would mean that a majority share of profits would be split between twelve clubs, while the rest of the clubs in European football would have far fewer viewers and, therefore, suffer.
Lastly, such a league would be an antithesis to the idea of football, which – while it is fair game that some clubs are bigger than others – only remains interesting when there is an element of unpredictability.
Moments in which smaller clubs can compete and even upset bigger clubs make this sport special. The idea of a Super League alienates the sport of football and monetary motivations entirely, leaving the sport – more than anything – to suffer.