The football world is in a state of chaos following yesterday’s revelation from twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs, who announced plans to form a breakaway Super League.
The twelve clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Milan, Inter, Juventus, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona – released a joint statement yesterday evening, outlining their intentions to form the new competition.
The news was quickly denounced by nearly all of football’s respective governing bodies, including FIFA, UEFA, Serie A, La Liga, the English FA, and the Premier League. The group announced that the clubs involved will face punishment and staunch legal opposition. Furthermore, players of the clubs involved in the Super League could be barred from participating with their national teams.
Meanwhile, the Italian FA (FIGC) revealed that the three Serie A clubs involved in the endeavor will face penalties for next season, not the current one.
In addition, Sky Sport reports that Serie A’s seventeen remaining clubs will meet today to discuss the future and the strategy moving forward.
It remains to be seen how the clubs will respond, but Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali gave a hint as to how the other seventeen clubs in Serie A are feeling after yesterday’s announcement.
“We don’t like this, it could kill our league,” he said to Radio Anch’io Sport.
“This initiative has been brewing for awhile, but we need to wait to learn more. We’ll have a meeting today and we hope that those directly involved will help us better understand their intentions with this Super League.”
He added, “Of course, the system needs to be revised, but there has to be meritocracy in sport. The bigger clubs have greater losses because of the pandemic, everyone understands this. However, it can be a nasty affair when you’re too greedy.”