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Arsenal, Manchester United & 3 more English clubs sign up to breakaway European Super League

Arsenal, Manchester United & 3 more English clubs sign up to breakaway European Super League

European Super League

Massive news surrounding European football has dropped this weekend, as 5 English clubs have supposedly signed up to challenge UEFA’s new Champions League setup.

The counter initiative relates to an agreement for a breakaway European Super League to take shape.

So far, the 5 clubs reported by The Sunday Times come in the form of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City are, as of yet, not part of the group.

Arsenal, Manchester United & 3 more English clubs sign up to breakaway European Super League

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01 : Jordan Henderson of Liverpool kisses the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

What was UEFA’s original plan?

There are plans on UEFA’s part to revamp the Champions League, and expand the competition to 36 teams.

The usual group stage would be scrapped in favour of a ‘Swiss League’ system, in which clubs would be seeded, and then play 5 home and 5 away matches.

The top 8 teams in the league would progress, whilst the teams from 9th to 24th would go into a qualifying round to determine which 8 clubs make up the remainder of the last-16 – after which a typical knockout system would play out, as is the case with the current setup.

However, this could all be about to change, amid the reported challenge to UEFA gaining significant backing.

Agnelli now ‘off the radar’

The European Club Association had been negotiating with UEFA, and seemingly boasted the backing of both the organisation and clubs for the revamp.

However, according to sources from The Sunday Times, Juventus chairman and head of the ECA, Andrea Agnelli, has ‘gone off the radar.’

The Sunday Times report: “Uefa had succeeded in winning the support of the European Club Association (ECA) board and the European Leagues but it emerged today that the Super League threat had been revived with the ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli, also the Juventus president, appearing to throw his hat in with the breakaway clubs led by Manchester United and Real Madrid.”

“Other members of the ECA board, who had agreed to the new Champions League format, and Uefa officials have attempted to contact Agnelli since Saturday evening but one source said he ‘has gone off the radar’.”

Despite this, UEFA is set to press ahead with tomorrow’s announcement of the new setup.

How does the Times’ European Super League report link up with the recent DAZN news?

On Sunday morning, the Corriere Dello Sport reported that live streaming platform DAZN are lining up a European Super League containing 16 of the continent’s best teams.

Italian sides Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have already been approached, with Roma rumoured to have been, too.

Arsenal, Manchester United & 3 more English clubs sign up to breakaway European Super League

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 20: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) DAZN Logo on the microphone is seen during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund at PreZero-Arena on December 20, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

On the link between the DAZN story and this latest update in the Times, the Mail on Sunday have now reported the following:

“Italy’s Serie A called an emergency board meeting on Sunday to discuss a newspaper report saying broadcaster DAZN is involved in new the plans for a breakaway European Super League, a league source told Reuters news agency.”

“The source told Reuters that the league had recently become aware of the plans for a breakaway project and the potential involvement of DAZN.”

More on DAZN & the European Super League

The following tweets come from Simon Evans, who is the “Reuters Sports News and Football Correspondent.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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