You will be waking up to some pretty major news in the footballing world today.
Chelsea have announced that they will be joining a number of other elite European clubs in forming a breakaway European Super League (ESL).
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The club delivered the news at midnight via an official statement on the club website.
AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined the league as Founding Clubs.
The statement confirms intentions for clubs to continue playing in their domestic leagues as usual, but for them, this will replace the Champions League etc, being playing on Wednesday evenings throughout the season.
Domestic leagues have already disapproved the ESL, and UEFA will hold an executive meeting today and vow to take legal action.
UEFA Executive Committee meeting scheduled for today in Montreux.
UEFA, FIFA, PL, Liga, Serie A on the same position: #SuperLeague has been disapproved. No UCL, no domestic leagues for the 12 clubs. 🚫#SuperLeague clubs insist they want to play in the domestic leagues too. ⚠️
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 19, 2021
FIFA have also confirmed their official ‘disapproval’ on the idea.
FIFA official statement 🚨
"FIFA can only express its DISAPPROVAL to a 'closed European breakaway league' outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles".
So, UEFA and FIFA are both *against* the #SuperLeague.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 18, 2021