Twelve of Europe’s greatest golf equipment on Monday mentioned they deliberate to launch a breakaway Tremendous League, regardless of the menace of a world ban for them and their gamers. “AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding golf equipment,” mentioned a press release by the group. The founding golf equipment will obtain “a one-time fee of the order of three.5 billion euros”.
“Three further golf equipment will probably be invited to affix them earlier than the beginning of the inaugural season which can begin as quickly as practicable,” added the organisers.
UEFA mentioned earlier Sunday that gamers from the 12 golf equipment confronted worldwide exile and described it as “a cynical undertaking, a undertaking that’s based on the self-interest of some golf equipment”.
Nevertheless, the 12 insisted the brand new competitors will profit the sport usually.
“By bringing collectively the world’s best golf equipment and gamers to play one another all through the season, the Tremendous League will open a brand new chapter for European soccer, guaranteeing world-class competitors and amenities, and elevated monetary assist for the broader soccer pyramid,” mentioned Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United and vice-chairman of the Tremendous League.
If the determine of a 3.5 billion euro windfall is confirmed, it’ll signify a larger income than at present generated by UEFA for all of its membership competitions — Champions League, Europa League and European Tremendous Cup — which generated 3.2 billion euros in TV income in 2018-2019.
In line with the promoters, the Tremendous League would function within the type of a daily season between 20 golf equipment.
The 15 founders will routinely qualify annually and the opposite 5 will probably be drawn from invites “by a system primarily based on their efficiency from the earlier season”.
On the finish of this primary part beginning in August, finish of season play-offs can be organised till Might to award the trophy.
Video games will probably be staged in midweek.
Monday’s announcement got here simply hours earlier than UEFA meets in Switzerland to announce its personal reforms to the Champions League, with an growth to 36 groups from 32 and two ‘wildcard’ slots anticipated to be among the many plans.
There can be a minimal of 10 video games for every group.
The Tremendous League mentioned they hoped to work with UEFA and FIFA to keep away from a civil warfare within the sport.
“Going ahead, the Founding Golf equipment look ahead to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work collectively in partnership to ship the very best outcomes for the brand new League and for soccer as an entire,” they mentioned.
Florentino Perez, the president of Actual Madrid and the chairman of the Tremendous League, additionally insisted that the sport as an entire will profit.
“We are going to assist soccer at each degree and take it to its rightful place on this planet,” he mentioned.
“Soccer is the one world sport on this planet with greater than 4 billion followers and our accountability as massive golf equipment is to answer their wishes.”