European football has been rocked by the news that twelve of the largest clubs on the continent have agreed to form a breakaway league. The Premier League’s self-styled ‘Big Six’ clubs — namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham — are all founding members of a new European Super League (ESL), along with Italian sides Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as Spain’s Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
The clubs have said a further three teams are anticipated to join “before the inaugural season” and “the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid” is the reasoning behind their plans.
But the announcement of a new breakaway league has met with a chorus of disapproval from across the footballing world. UEFA have said that Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City could all be kicked out of this season’s Champions League, while players taking part in the Super League could be prevented from taking part in continental and international tournaments in the future.
Tuesday promises to be another busy day, with both the Premier League and UEFA staging potentially pivotal meetings, as they continue to work out how to respond to the threat of a new breakaway tournament.
Keep updated with all the latest news and reaction to the ESL below.