Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

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Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by Cal » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:38 pm

What a surprise!

Sounds more like a Champions League than a domestic league replacement, but more money to the big clubs, their owners, and backers, of course.
European Premier League: Liverpool and Manchester United in talks for FIFA-backed tournament

Liverpool and Manchester United are in talks about a bombshell plot involving Europe's biggest football clubs to join a new FIFA-backed tournament that would reshape the sport's global landscape.

Sky News has learned that financiers are assembling a $6 billion (£4.6 billion) funding package to assist the creation of what could become known as the European Premier League.

More than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations about becoming founder members of the competition. As many as five English clubs could sign up to join it, with a provisional start date said to have been discussed as early as 2022.

Sources said that FIFA, football's world governing body, had been involved in developing the new format, which is expected to comprise up to 18 teams, and involve fixtures played during the regular European season. The top-placed teams in the league would then play in a knockout format to conclude the tournament, with prize money for the winners expected to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds each year.

One football industry figure said that a formal announcement about the plans was possible as soon as the end of this month, although on Tuesday a number of key details - including the full list of participating clubs - had yet to be finalised and the plans could still fall apart. The source described it as "potentially the most important development in world club football for decades".

According to insiders, a handful of English sides have been approached about joining the league, with the other candidates comprising Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. It is not thought that any of the English clubs have yet signed legally binding terms to join, and it was unclear which member of the so-called 'big six' would miss out if only five are ultimately involved.

The news will drop a fresh bombshell into the fracturing landscape of English football, which has spent recent weeks at loggerheads over proposals - engineered by Liverpool and Manchester United - to hand more power to the biggest clubs while providing a coronavirus bailout for teams below the top flight. A blueprint, dubbed Project Big Picture, would have seen the Premier League reduced in size from 20 to 18 clubs, reducing the number of domestic top-flight fixtures each season. The plan, denounced as "a backroom deal" by government ministers, was rapidly abandoned last week.

If the latest plans bear fruit, they would effectively constitute the European super league that has been subject to on-off discussions for many years.

The giant Wall Street bank JP Morgan is in talks to provide $6 billion of debt financing to help launch the European Premier League, with the proceeds repayable from future broadcast income generated by the tournament, according to a football executive. Other banks are expected to join the financing of the new project, which would become one of the world's richest annual team sports competitions if it gets off the ground.

Each of the founding teams is expected to earn fees paid hundreds of millions of pounds to participate, with clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid receiving the biggest sums for joining.

They added that the European Premier League was likely to feature either 16 or 18 teams - meaning a likely minimum of 30 matches for each club, based on a format of round-robin home and away fixtures - although that is said to be among the details being finalised ahead of a formal announcement.

If the discussions are successfully concluded, the European Premier League would effectively usurp UEFA's Champions League competition, which has been a mainstay of the continent's football calendar for decades.

It was unclear whether the new tournament had the backing of UEFA, the European governing body, although some insiders claimed that it did not.

If it did have UEFA's support, it is likely to be unveiled as an enhanced version of the Champions' League and an example of unprecedented cooperation between two governing bodies which have historically found themselves in opposition on key issues affecting football's global governance.

However, football insiders said that if UEFA was not involved, the new tournament would represent an "incendiary" move from FIFA that would undermine the European governing body's principal annual revenue-generating tournament.

In that scenario, there could be a string of legal challenges to prevent it from getting off the ground, given the complexity of existing tournament agreements involving Europe's top clubs.

One source cast doubt on the prospect of a successful launch of the European Premier League without UEFA's backing, particularly before 2024, when the existing Champions' League structure is expected to be revamped.

Neither FIFA nor UEFA would comment.
Rest of the article is at https://www.skysports.com/football/news ... tournament
An earlier iteration of the current project was reported by German news outlets to have been drawn up almost exactly two years ago, and featured 11 'founder' teams with a number of 'guest' teams.

As part of that blueprint, the founder clubs could not be relegated for 20 years, although the remaining teams would be subject to being replaced depending upon their league position at the end of each season.

A version of those rules is expected to form part of the new league, according to insiders, with a possible cap on agents' fees also said to have been one of the ideas under discussion.

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by Bodacious Benny » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:45 pm

Tell all the big clubs to just do us all a favour and f*** off!
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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by jpg » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:47 pm

Good. Now feck off ya greedy scoundrels!

Edit: now that I’ve actually read the article. How dare you ya greedy scoundrels <fist>

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Jamie Carragher sums it up
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Post by Blue & Maroon » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:02 pm

Yay franchise football!

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Post by Colly » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:15 pm

Bork.

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Post by overseasTOON » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:56 pm

For only £19.99 a match!

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Post by Don Sholeone » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:23 pm

overseasTOON wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:56 pm
For only £19.99 a match!
Sad thing is that won't be far off reality.

Soon fans will need to pay for Sky Sports, BT, PPV, and this Euro league, if they want to watch all their teams games

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by biggeordiedave » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:56 pm

I hope they do it, it goes pear shaped within two seasons and then all of the clubs have to enter their respective footballing pyramids at the bottom and work their way back up.

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by krully » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:36 pm

Don Sholeone wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:23 pm
overseasTOON wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:56 pm
For only £19.99 a match!
Sad thing is that won't be far off reality.

Soon fans will need to pay for Sky Sports, BT, PPV, and this Euro league, if they want to watch all their teams games
Why pay? yo ho ho

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by Hjl » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:43 am

krully wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:36 pm
Don Sholeone wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:23 pm


Sad thing is that won't be far off reality.

Soon fans will need to pay for Sky Sports, BT, PPV, and this Euro league, if they want to watch all their teams games
Why pay? yo ho ho

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by Remember Colo » Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:19 am

Baffling to me. Why pump billions of dollars to recreate the champions league? Those clubs are at no risk of falling out of the CL as it is, so sure, they get extra money and extra certainty, but couldn't the prize money just have been bumped up for the CL? Seems like a lot of rocking the boat with UEFA and fans unnecessarily.

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by Toon Ireland » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:27 pm

What's really annoying is that liverpool and United claim to hate each other, matches are called a derby, fans seem to hate each other yet the clubs seem to be in bed together thinking up new get rich quick schemes. And this PPV thing is a load of s***. Football is becoming a chore these days.

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Re: Liverpool and Man Utd plot new European Premier League

Post by krully » Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:00 pm

Hjl wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:43 am
krully wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:36 pm


Why pay? yo ho ho
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