Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli stated on Monday that the Italian champions weren’t concerned in talks over a breakaway European Super League and remained dedicated to UEFA competitions, while UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin referred to as the concept a “fiction” and a “dream.”
Earlier this month, German journal Der Spiegel reported that plans for a European Super League have been again on the agenda after a number of earlier discussions got here to nothing.
Der Spiegel and European Investigative Collaborations, a community of worldwide media, citing leaked paperwork, reported that a contemporary plan had lately been drafted by Spanish firm Key Capital Companions for Real Madrid.
The plan foresees 11 prime European golf equipment making a Super League in 2021 when the present settlement on the Champions League format and income sharing ends.
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Juventus have been named as one in every of 11 potential founders for the closed breakaway league, however Agnelli instructed the BBC that the Italian membership had not been concerned.
Agnelli, who can also be chairman of the European Membership Affiliation, which represents greater than 200 European golf equipment, stated: “I can affirm we have now by no means seen, by no means mentioned, by no means been concerned within the creation of this doc.
“We’re absolutely engaged with UEFA in shaping the sport going ahead.”
UEFA’s Ceferin instructed the BBC that European soccer’s governing physique continued to take a look at new concepts for its membership competitions however that a Super League was dominated out.
“The Super League won’t occur. It’s in a method a fiction now or a dream,” stated Ceferin. “We now have some concepts. All I can say is that any Super League is out of the query. Participation stays. And everyone may have a chance to compete in each European competitors.”
UEFA presently runs Europe’s elite Champions League membership competitors and the second-tier Europa League, while it’s anticipated to vote for a brand new third competitors subsequent month.
Ceferin stated UEFA wanted to make it possible for rising soccer markets have been ready to faucet in to their tournaments.
“We now have to take into consideration Poland with 60 million folks. We now have to take into consideration [countries like] Turkey, we have now to take into consideration Russia,” added the Slovenian.
“Followers can relaxation assured that if we put our palms to making a brand new product it is as a result of we would like to make it possible for followers throughout Europe have interaction.”
Agnelli stated that any growth of European soccer, by way of a brand new construction for the Champions League, might see much less home soccer.
“Evidently if you’d like to have an general rebalancing of European soccer and extra worldwide [European-wide] soccer all that might have to go hand in hand with a discount of home video games,” stated the Juventus chairman.
“There’s a complete system of anomalies which have to be addressed. It would imply in sure leagues rising the quantity of video games. It isn’t nearly lowering, it is about making it a degree enjoying area, which is essential.”