UEFA claim the breakaway league is "boring" after Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool emerged as key players in talks to form a European Premier League
- New reports of a breakaway European league surfaced on Tuesday afternoon
- UEFA and FIFA are believed to be in dispute over the threat the plans pose
- UEFA sources were also quick to ditch the "boring" idea on Tuesday
- Plans for such a breakaway league would also be difficult to initiate
UEFA and FIFA argue over the threat of a breakaway European league that resurfaced Tuesday.
According to reports in Spain, a new competition involving both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and possibly Tottenham, had come a step closer in talks with investment banks. The new league would most likely replace the Champions League.
However, UEFA sources were quick to reject the "boring" idea, pointing out that a legal framework would make it impossible to get off the ground. FIFA, which has been linked to the outlier, did not contest the validity of the reports.
According to reports in Spain, Manchester United played a key role in these new discussions
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are the other English side reportedly pushing for the league
Instead, they declined to comment on speculation that pops up every now and then before adding diplomatically that "institutional structures and regulatory frameworks are in place".
A UEFA spokesman said: & # 39; UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has made it clear several times that UEFA is decidedly against a Super League.
& # 39; The principles of solidarity, promotion, relegation and open leagues are non-negotiable. This makes European football and the Champions League the best sports competition in the world.
"UEFA and its clubs are determined to build on that strength, not destroy it, to create a Super League of 10, 12 or even 24 clubs that would inevitably become boring."
JP Morgan, a bank that Sky News later linked to the proposed league, also declined to comment.
Manchester United Vice Chairman Ed Woodward is likely to comment on the matter during a conference call with investors when the club releases quarterly financials on Wednesday.
The idea of an outlier has always been pursued by some big clubs, including Real Madrid
Sources at Old Trafford have announced that Woodward is also likely to address the excitement surrounding Project Big Picture, the last year United and Liverpool failed to take control of decision-making in the Premier League and determine where the revenue goes will.
The idea of a breakaway league has long been pursued by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.
According to the latest proposals, according to the Spanish news site Vozpopuli, 18 clubs would be involved with prize money of up to £ 913 million. UEFA insiders believe the plans – and timing of the leak – are meant to put pressure on the European competition organizer over changes to the Champions League in 2024, which are set to be discussed in the coming weeks.
The Premier League, which refused to comment, is believed to hold a similar view. A source in one of the Big Six clubs said the talks were still ongoing.