Twelve of Europe's leading football clubs — AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur — on Sunday officially announced the establishment of a new European club football tournament, called the Super League. The initiative has already faced backlash from both FIFA and UEFA, as well as politicians such as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron.
"In December of 2020, I already said that Florentino Perez was very confused, now he is lost, neither football is ruined, as he says, nor the Super League, which is one of the problems, could be the solution, it is the death of football," Tebas Medrano tweeted.
Meanwhile, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach also criticised the idea, cautioning against sacrificing the social mission of sports on the altar of profit.
"Our European Sport Model is under threat today. It is losing ground to the purely profit-oriented goals of commercial sport providers and investors. If everything is only looked at from a business perspective, then the social mission of sport is lost," Bach said, as quoted by the IOC Media Twitter account.
The new Super League competition includes 20 teams — 15 founders and another 5 teams qualified for the tournament every year in accordance with their achievements in the prior season. According to the official statement, the Super League will help clubs overcome the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it showed the importance of "a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach" to maintain the European football system.