The 12 rebel clubs planning to form a European Super League (ESL) are “ready for dialogue” with the national leagues and UEFA, sources told ESPN.
With widespread hostility and opposition to the ESL proposal announced on Sunday from football and also by political leaders such as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, the main figures within the separatist clique They accept that there is a high-level need. talks to map out your plans.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin called the group’s leaders “snakes” during an explosive press conference on Monday in which he also said the proposals, involving Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and others, were a “spit in the face of football”. lovers “.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, president of the ESL group, responded by saying that football must “change and adapt”, while dismissing Ceferin’s threat that rebel clubs will be excluded from UEFA competitions.
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A meeting of the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the proposal – ESL’s plan includes Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – was held on Tuesday in an effort to agree on a strategy for combat initiative.
A statement after the meeting read: “The Premier League, together with the FA, met with the clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.
“All 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and strongly rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all available actions to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding the involved Shareholders accountable under its rules.
“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders, including fan groups, Government, UEFA, FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and to ask the clubs involved in the proposed competition to immediately cease participation.
“The Premier League wants to thank the fans and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this important issue. The reaction shows how much our open pyramid and our football community mean to the people.”
Anger over the breakup plan has remained intense with fans burning a Liverpool jersey ahead of Monday’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road, and key ESL figures believe the talks may tone things down and lead to further understanding of the proposals, sources said.
Sources told ESPN that during Tuesday’s Premier League meeting, there was widespread anger at the behavior of the six absent clubs, but also an acknowledgment that a dialogue must be held to bring them back to the negotiating table. .
Several clubs hinted their approval over a threat of heavy sanctions in an attempt to make those who did not attend realize the seriousness of their actions, the sources added.
Under the ESL plan, an annual solidarity payment of € 160 million would be paid to Premier League clubs to ensure that the money generated by the new competition would leak into the national game.
ESL leaders are determined to explain their vision of staying in the national leagues while playing only midweek in a Super League.
However, opposition to the proposals remains strong, with national leagues and associations united in their determination to block any dissident competition.
Information from ESPN’s James Olley was used in this report.