Will the European Super League bring serious consequences? Let our expert explain what’s at stake for athletes and fans

Will the European Super League bring serious consequences? Let our expert explain what’s at stake for athletes and fans

April 20, 20212 min read

News of the newly proposed European Super League has left a storm of concern, criticism, threats and even political intervention in its wake.

The announcement of a mid-week league consisting of a dozen of the top-tiered clubs from across Britain and Europe would rival the popular UEFA Champions League.

No doubt, more football to watch is good for fans, and for club owners – but the backlash has been harsh from other stakeholders and teams left on the sidelines.

The media coverage has been intense.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with the Football Association, Premier League officials and fans' representatives on Tuesday, after which the government said it will take "whatever action necessary", including legislative options, to ensure the proposals were stopped.

Downing Street added: "No action is off the table."

In other developments:

  • Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin called on the English clubs to "come to your senses"
  • Everton criticised the "preposterous arrogance" of the clubs involved
  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said that the new league was needed to "save football"

The proposed tournament would see teams play one another in midweek games in an attempt to have more matches between the big-name clubs.

The other clubs involved are AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

The plans have been heavily criticised by fans, pundits, football's governing bodies and members of the UK government.

"It is our task to protect the European sport model. If some elect to go their own way, they must live with the consequences of their choices," said Infantino, the president of world football's governing body.

"They are responsible for their choice completely. This means you are either in or you are out. You cannot be half in and half out." April 20 – BBC

If you are a journalist covering this emerging story – then let us help with your questions by providing expert opinion, perspective, and analysis.

Peter Dawson from the University of East Anglia is a Professor of Economics and an expert in sports economics.

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