LONDON (AP) – The 12 European clubs pursuing a Super League have told the leaders of FIFA and UEFA thatis already being sought to stop them from activity intended to thwart the launch of the breakaway Competition, according to the letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The group of English, Spanish and Italian clubs sent the letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and has already been underwritten by funding of 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) from a financial institution.
, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United, after leaks of their plans on Sunday that legal action would be taken against rebel clubs and saying they would be barred from existing domestic competitions like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England and international competitions.
“We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any participating club or player from their respective competitions,” theclubs wrote to Infantino and Ceferin.
“Your formal statement does, however, compel us to take protective steps to secure ourselves against such an adverse reaction, which would not only jeopardize the funding commitment under the Grant but, significantly, would be unlawful. For this reason, SLCo (Company) has filed a motion before the relevant courts to ensure the seamless establishment and operation of the Competition following applicable laws.”
The courts were not named.
“It is our duty, as SLCo’s board members, to ensure that all reasonable actions available to protect the interests of the Competition and our stakeholders are duly taken, given the irreparable damage that would be suffered if, for any reason, we were deprived of the opportunity to form the Competition promptly and distribute the proceeds of the Grant,” theletter continued.
Theintends to launch a 20-team competition with 15 founding members, but only 12 have signed up. They are also Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham from England. Atletico Madrid and Milan rivals AC and AC are also part of the plan.
The breakaway was launched just as UEFA, which runs European football, though it had an agreement on an expansion of thefrom 2024. Now, the same officials who have decided to go it alone while claiming the existing competitions could remain – despite losing their most successful teams, including the record 13-time European champion Real Madrid and six-time winner Liverpool. letter to Infantino and Ceferin. “We do not seek to replace the UEFA’s or the Europa League but to compete with and exist alongside those tournaments.
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