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Super League chiefs change five competition rules after huge backlash first time round


The European Super League is preparing a second launch with multiple competition changes after a huge backlash to its original proposals in April this year, to combat UEFA’s Champions League

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The European Super League was launched in April but was swiftly abandoned after nine of its 12 founding member clubs withdrew their support of the plans.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the three clubs who have continued to publicly back the controversial proposals and the project is now set to return with multiple reforms in a bid to win widespread support.

The plans have now been revived with five key changes to the initial proposals, which were met with a significant backlash of fans across the UK.

That led to Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all withdrawing their membership, alongside Atletico Madrid and Italian clubs Inter and Milan.








The Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ clubs were involved in the Super League plans, before pulling out after a fan backlash
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The initial proposals were primarily to replace UEFA’s governance of European football including the current formats of the Champions League and Europa League.

Yet the move was hugely controversial and unpopular due to the fact it was guaranteeing that the most profitable clubs would automatically qualify and would remove the premise of sporting fair play and meritocracy.

A fresh document published by Wirtschaftswoche has revealed how the Super League is now planning on making a comeback with the hope of winning hearts and minds.

It is claimed that the permanent membership of clubs will be removed from the new proposals, which would see a top division of 20 teams with a second tier which would also consist of 20 clubs.








Real Madrid president Florentino Perez remains publicly supportive of the Super League plans
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Every team will be qualified through the result they acquire every year in their domestic leagues and these places will be distributed equitably, with a reduction in the number of games from the original proposals.

The report cites those on behalf of the Super League as claiming: “That is why we commit ourselves to the fact that the format of the proposed European Super League abolishes the concept of ‘permanent members’ and is open to the European clubs.”

The Super League is also set to throw in extra sweeteners for fans as it claims that it will seek ways to provide financial help for fans to attend away matches.

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is a key player in the Super League project
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The Super League is to be presented as an alternative to the Champions League, a new format of which will be introduced in 2024-2025 with a group stage comprising 36 clubs.

A court in Madrid ruled that UEFA should lift sanctions on clubs who continue to pursue the Super League project, while the Court of Justice of EU in Luxembourg are set to decide next year whether the project is legal.




A Super League source is quoted by the report as saying: “We see interest from clubs to work with us as soon as the ECJ has clarified the legal basis.”

The latest reports show that the Super League is continuing to pursue legal routes in order to rejuvenate the project and win support among both potential clubs and fans, with an awareness that its PR disaster led to its swift collapse earlier this year.

The Super League may come back with significant alterations, but it is far from dead.


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