Speaking to CNN Sport contributor Darren Lewis, Ceferin didn’t maintain again on the proposals which threaten to rock the foundations of the game however was assured the brand new league wouldn’t be successful.
“Because we [UEFA] respect the fans, the traditions, football, the football community, our society, we will win. In the end, we will win,” Ceferin says.
“If 12 people want to meet to take football hostage, just to fill their pockets that are already so full that it’s hard to put anything in, they can’t win. Long term, they can’t win.”
The announcement has resulted in widespread condemnation, with followers, gamers and politicians all criticizing the founding members for prioritizing monetary achieve and making a closed store for the richest golf equipment.
“I’m proud and happy that fans respect football, that they love football, that they respect history and they’re not for sale,” Ceferin added.
“Fans are not for sale and football players as well. And I hope they will raise their voice and stop this nonsense of a project that would kill football not only in the UK, but in all Europe.”
Ceferin says he had beforehand been reassured by each Juventus and Manchester United that neither membership would signal as much as the brand new construction and was left stunned by the information.
He was significantly annoyed with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who he mentioned had been ignoring his calls because the rumors of the key announcement have been circulating.
“I thought we are also friends, but I was wrong. For me, it’s always better to be naive than to lie all the time,” Ceferin mentioned, beforehand referring to these concerned as “snakes.”
“Their chairman approved something and then ran away, and he’s still hiding probably somewhere, I don’t know where he is.”
Juventus didn’t need to touch upon Ceferin’s newest feedback.
The president of European soccer’s governing physique had reiterated in a press convention Monday that any gamers concerned within the proposed breakaway might be banned from the World Cup and European Championships.
He confirmed UEFA could be taking authorized recommendation as quickly as attainable in relation to this yr’s Champions League semifinals, which options three groups presently signed as much as the brand new Super League.
UEFA on Monday voted to approve new plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League to kick-in from the 2024-25 season.
The complete variety of groups collaborating will enhance from 32 to 36 with the standard group stage being transformed right into a single league stage. There had been hopes the brand new format would maintain off the brand new Super League.
“I was a criminal lawyer for years and I’ve met many tricky people that I’ve represented but I’ve never seen something like that. Ethics doesn’t exist in the group,” Ceferin added.
“It’s hard for me to call it Super League because it’s all but super.”
The breakaway group hopes so as to add three further founders earlier than the inaugural season, which is “intended to commence as soon as is practiceable,” based on the announcement posted on the 12 golf equipment’ web sites.
The league is finally anticipated to include 20 groups and be ruled by the founding golf equipment themselves. There could be no promotion of relegation from the league, with solely 5 qualification locations accessible annually.
The new construction would all however finish competitors on the highest degree and would make it nearly unattainable for smaller groups to interrupt into Europe’s elite, shattering the game’s long-standing ethos.
Rumors of a proposed Super League have been circulating for years with the sport’s most acknowledged golf equipment eager to have extra management over TV offers and monetary rewards.
However, Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United and vice-chairman of the proposed Super League, insists the plans would assist the broader sport.
“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,” he mentioned in a press release.
American funding financial institution JP Morgan confirmed to CNN on Monday that it is going to be financing the proposed match, underlining but once more the significance of cash to these seemingly working the trendy sport.
Super League gamers may face bans
FIFA, the worldwide governing physique for soccer, denounced the formation of the Super League, saying it goes towards FIFA’s core ideas of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable monetary redistribution.
“FIFA can only express its disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles,” FIFA mentioned in a press release.
In a press release issued in January, after rumors of the brand new Super League started circulating, FIFA mentioned that it could not acknowledge the breakaway group and went as 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.”
That would come with soccer’s high competitors, the World Cup, which is held each 4 years and the Champions League, which now brings collectively Europe’s finest golf equipment yearly.
In UEFA’s Sunday assertion, it referenced FIFA’s risk of motion, stressing that Super League golf equipment “will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”
UEFA — which oversees all European soccer — together with the English, Spanish, and Italian governing our bodies and the highest flight leagues from these three international locations co-signed the assertion.
“We wish to reiterate that we — UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations — will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever,” their assertion reads partly.
“We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.”
No German or French membership has but signed as much as the Super League. Christian Seifert, CEO of the German Football Association (DFL), mentioned his group opposes the idea of a European Super League.
“Economic interest of a few top clubs in England, Italy, and Spain should not lead to the abolishment of established structures in European football as a consequence,” Seifert mentioned in a press release.
England’s Premier League, probably the most watched of the world’s soccer leagues, condemned the Super League plan as a blow to the hopes of the tens of millions of soccer followers who assist smaller golf equipment in England and round Europe.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream,” a Premier League assertion mentioned.
“It is clear that this would be damaging to English and European football at all levels and will attack the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are fundamental to competitive sport,” mentioned a press release from England’s Football Association, which oversees one of many sport’s oldest and most-storied competitions, the FA Cup.
European political leaders rapidly got here out towards plans for the brand new league.
“They would strike at the heart of the domestic game, and will concern fans across the country. The clubs involved must answer to their fans and the wider footballing community before taking any further steps,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned.
“The president of the Republic welcomes the position of French clubs to refuse to participate to a European football Super League project that threatens the principle of solidarity and sporting merit,” French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned in a press release, based on Reuters.
Florentino Pérez, president Real Madrid CF and the primary chairman of the Super League, disagrees with critics of his group’s potential impression on the game.
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires,” Pérez mentioned in a press release,
The Super League announcement mentioned the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic confirmed that change was wanted to maintain the game, which has seen revenues broken as video games have been canceled or taking part in in empty stadiums.
“The global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model,” the assertion mentioned.
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid,” it mentioned.
The Super League says its founding golf equipment “look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.”
The organizers of the Super League additionally introduced plans to launch a corresponding girls’s league “as soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition.”