European Super League clubs bottle releasing statement at planned time
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European Super League hopefuls including Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have delayed the released of a planned statement on Sunday evening having been slammed by fans and pundits alike.
The Premier League giants are said to have been joined by Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in agreeing to initial plans – which could yet end in removal from the league.
League bosses quickly released a statement to condemn the idea, while UEFA and FIFA could ban players who choose to join up from playing in Champions League and international competition.
Despite initial intentions for the clubs involved in the European Super League – there was no statement at 21:30 on Sunday evening with emergency talks being held – but one could come in the near future.
The Super League is seen as a direct challenge to UEFA, who are planning to announce a new format to the Champions League which is set to begin in 2024.
The Times had initially reported the involvement of five English clubs without City.
The full list of clubs are understood to be United, Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.
Back in January it emerged that founder members of a proposed European Super League would be offered up to £310m each to join the competition if it gets the go ahead.
Premier League bosses were quick to release their own statement early on Sunday.
It said: “The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world.
“Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.
“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper."
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As well as opposition from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a fierce and emotional plea from Gary Neville during Sky Sports' coverage of United's win over Burnley was met with praise.
He said: “I can’t focus on the game.
“They should deduct points from all six teams that have signed up to it.
“Deduct points off them all. To do it during a season? It’s a joke.”
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