According to reports, England’s six biggest football teams are set to join a new “breakaway” European super league.
Sky news Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea will all be part of the UEFA Champions League rival.
Sky News City Editor Mark Kleinman said, “I understand that 12 clubs from across Europe, including the six largest English clubs, have now signed up for this new format.”
He said Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid would also be involved.
According to Kleinman, the JP Morgan bank has already provided USD 6 billion for the project. Details will be announced on Sunday evening.
The Premier League has said it has “condemned any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and merit” after it was reported that six of its clubs support a European Super League.
UEFA’s plan for a revamped 36-team Champions League will be discussed on Monday. The Executive Committee is expected to approve the controversial proposal.
The new format, which should start in 2024 and run until at least 2033, moved a step closer on Friday after meetings between the board of the European Club Association and UEFA’s club competitions committee.
According to the so-called “Swiss model”, the teams compete in a league with 36 teams – instead of the current system in which 32 teams are divided into eight pools of four – and guarantee each club 10 games on a starting basis.
The new format, which guarantees the clubs four more games than in the current group stage, brings the Champions League from 125 to 225 games and would give domestic planners a big headache.
EFL chairman Rick Parry said this was a “major threat” to the Carabao Cup and the football association also wrote to UEFA to express its concerns.
Fan groups, including those from Manchester United and Arsenal, said in an open letter to ECA chairman and Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli that the plan to restructure the Champions League was “a serious threat to the game as a whole”.
The letter, signed by 17 fan groups from 14 teams whose clubs belong to the ECA, including Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, said it was an “obvious takeover” that “destroys national calendars “would.
With the new format, the top eight in the league automatically qualify for the round of 16, with the teams in positions nine and 24 playing for the remaining eight places.
With additional games, the Champions League would advance into January – a month normally left free for home club football – while allocating two of the four additional spots to teams based on previous European performances has also proven controversial.
A team could continue to qualify for the Champions League based on its “historical coefficient” as long as it has done enough domestically to land in a Europa League or Europa Conference League position.
Discussions about commercial control of the competition will continue over the coming weeks.
However, the plans could cause problems. Five English clubs are reportedly among the eleven teams that have signed up for a breakaway European Super League.
According to The Times, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have joined the outlier plan, only Manchester City the “Big Six” are said not to have done so.
According to reports in January, 20 clubs – 15 permanent charter members and five other clubs that would qualify annually – would each be offered up to £ 310 million to compete.
The format calls for two groups of 10 clubs to play at home and away, with the top four in each group reaching the two-legged quarter-finals, the semi-finals and a one-legged final.
The games would take place during the week and the clubs would continue to play in national leagues and would have the right to show four games per season on their own digital platforms around the world.
TV presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted, “If this is the case, it will have a huge impact on the game. Enormously.”