12 European football teams to form breakaway 'Super League'
April 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Twelve of the top football clubs in Europe made an announcement Sunday that may shift the landscape of European football.
"By bringing together the world's greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid," said Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United and vice-chairman of the Super League.
Prior to Sunday's announcement, European football's governing body -- along with several other governing bodies and leagues -- had issued a joint statement condemning the formation of a European Super League.
The English Football Association issued a statement ahead of confirmation of the Super League's formation, saying that it would be "damaging to English and European football at all levels. "
In a statement issued in January, FIFA said that it would not recognize a European Super League and went so far as to say that "any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organized by FIFA or their respective confederation. "