Football fans have today been left red-faced after top European clubs confirmed and launched a Superleague meant to rival the famous Champions league. This move has not come as a surprise to many after rumours were confirmed with an official statement by participating clubs.
The following clubs will be forming the superleague: AC Milan (Italy), Arsenal (England), Athletico Madrid (Spain), Chelsea (England), Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy), Juventus (Italy), Liverpool (England), Manchester City (England), Manchester United (England), Tottenham (England) and Real Madrid (Spain). These clubs are seen as football powerhouses with rich footballing history as they push for an extra competitive front that will bring on more money and profits while entertaining their fans.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez will be the first chairman of the Super League, with Joel Glazer acting as vice-president. The duo will be leading the charge for the popularization of the debut of the competition.
The Superleague is expected to start as early as August 2021 with the men's competition. Based on the success of the men's competition, the women's competition will also be held in subsequent editions.
The games will be played midweek so that the clubs can play their domestic league matches on the weekends. However, this is going to rub shoulders with European competitions which are usually held midweek.
FIFA has threatened any participating clubs and players that they will be fined and not feature in any domestic or international competitions. That means any player who plays in the superleague cannot feature in any football competitions outside the banned superleague.
Fans have come out to ask their clubs to abandon the competition. Notable clubs are Manchester United and Liverpool whose players are considering quitting to avoid the ban likely to be imposed by FIFA.
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