UEFA reaffirms its opposition to the Super League during its meeting with the supporters of the separatist project

UEFA reiterated its opposition to the creation of separatist competitions during a meeting with A22 Sports Super League supporters on Tuesday.

It was revealed last month that media manager Bernd Reichart was leading plans for a relaunch of the Super League, which suffered a failed launch in the face of public and media pressure last year.

While nine of the competition’s 12 founding clubs pulled out in the face of widespread criticism, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain committed to the project.

Reichart, who represented A22 Sports at Tuesday’s meeting, told the Financial Times in October there was “a lot of sympathy” for the Super League.

However, after the meeting, UEFA said European football organizers remained committed to competitions based on “openness, solidarity and meritocracy”.

“UEFA has responded to a request from A22 Sports, a private commercial company, to meet today in Nyon offering them the opportunity to address all the true representative bodies of European football,” a statement began. of UEFA.

“UEFA’s senior management, led by President Aleksander Ceferin, and senior representatives of domestic leagues, clubs, players and fans have together underlined that opposition to the self-proclaimed Super League [ESL] remains overwhelming today as it has been since April 2021.

“In line with the unity of European football, UEFA and the participating football stakeholders once again unanimously rejected the reasons behind projects such as the ESL during today’s discussion. today.

“Participants took note, with surprise, of claims by the CEO of A22 Sports that this company does not represent any club in any capacity, including the three clubs that continue to openly support the project.

“UEFA and football stakeholders remain committed to the foundations of European football, which are based on openness, solidarity and meritocracy and serve broader goals of sporting principles and societal interest, rather than privilege. and self-right.

“European football will continue to unite firmly for the positive future development of the game and society.”

Besides Ceferin, several high-profile managers attended the meeting, including La Liga president Javier Tebas, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn.

Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have continued to call for the creation of a Super League in recent months and are awaiting the decision in a legal case at the European Court of Justice after accusing UEFA of having a monopoly on international competitions .

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