A group of 12 elite English, Spanish and Italian clubs have dramatically split European football by announcing the formation of a largely closed Super League (SL).
The clubs said on Sunday night they were leaving the existing UEFA-run Champions League structure despite warnings they could be kicked out of their domestic competitions and face legal action. UEFA stands for the Union of European Football Associations.
The move came after the rebel clubs reneged on a promise on Friday to back the plan by UEFA – European football’s governing body – to expand the Champions League beginning in 2024.
The Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, would be the founding chairman of the new league, which said it “intended to commence as soon as practicable” as a 20-team competition playing in midweek matches like the current Champions League and Europa League.
Al Jazeera’s David Stokes reports.
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