Association of European Leagues vow to protect domestic football and oppose Super League

The Association of European Leagues has pledged its allegiance to UEFA in opposition to the creation of a European Super League for the continent’s biggest clubs.

A report based on leaked documents suggested that 16 clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, could form a breakaway competition within three years.

A statement read: “The European Leagues note the ongoing rumours and speculations around the possible creation of a European Super League by the big European professional clubs.

“The Association of European Leagues has consistently voiced its strong opposition to the creation of any “closed and franchised style” Super League.

“The Leagues supports the European sports model based on a pyramid structure where the mechanisms of promotion and relegation and the sporting merits of clubs are at the core of any competition.

“Domestic football is at the heart of the game throughout Europe for all football stakeholders: players, clubs, leagues, national associations and, more importantly, fans.

“Proposals for a closed Super League will have serious and lasting implications for the long-term sustainability of professional football in Europe.

“Within this context, the European Leagues fully supports UEFA in the management and organisation of European Club Competitions and shares with UEFA the common principle of protecting and enhancing competitive balance in European football.”

Arsenal insist they remain fully committed to the Premier League, according to sources inside the club, but Manchester United and Liverpool have declined to comment on their being mentioned in the report.

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