The failed European Super League made a return on Tuesday, just hours after the Spanish government officially positioned itself against its possible creation.
A leaked document showed the creators of the Super League to be pushing for a second time, although there were no stamps nor signatures on the document itself.
In the document, those behind the Super League assure that they aren’t planning to break away from football’s current structure, but rather want to “continue in the current ecosystem”.
They don’t, though, touch on the inherent damage that its creation would do to existing national leagues.
Shots at UEFA
“The current Champions League, directed and operated by UEFA, the self-proclaimed regulator of European football competitions, hasn’t changed in 30 years and has become rigid and boring,” the document says.
It goes on to announce their intention to remove the concept of permanent members of the competition, insisting that they are open to new clubs having “listened to the fans who don’t want a closed league”.
“The Super League project is the recognition of a broken system,” it reads. “UEFA are the self-established government of football in the EU.”
The Super League clubs are highly critical of UEFA’s dual position of regulator and commercial operator, lamenting their “close ties to club owners from non-member states who are sponsors of certain competitions and clubs, as well as being buyers of the rights to UEFA-operated tournaments”.
Ten key points
The new Super League‘s attempt is built on 10 key points, which are as follows:
- The Super League will not break the established football ecosystem.
- There will be no permanent members.
- The Super League is recognition of a broken system.
- UEFA’s role creates structural conflict.
- UEFA have close ties with club owners.
- There is a lack of high-level matches in the Champions League.
- Inadequate financial control.
- There’s a lack of transparency in accounting matters.
- The European Union is losing control in football.
- Clubs from big cities in smaller countries cannot compete in UEFA’s current model