The European football governing body has announced new legislation to protect domestic top league up to at least 2024.
At the end of last year, there was a big rumor that the Big Five from the English Premier League -Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United- were trying to create a Super League after messages between the clubs were published by Football Leaks.
And now, UEFA has responded by agreeing to a new “memorandum of understanding with the European Club Association (ECA).
“Building on their close cooperation over the last 11 years, the memorandum outlines the strong willingness of UEFA and ECA to continue to work together with mutual trust and clarity of objectives to ensure the well-being and stability of European football,” UEFA said according to The Telegraph.
“I am delighted that we have reached such an agreement and that we – as Europe’s football governing body – and European clubs will continue to work closely together to further promote, develop and shape the future of football across the continent,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added.
“I would like to thank the ECA Executive Board and its Chairman Andrea Agnelli for the constructive and collaborative manner in which they have approached this memorandum of understanding for the benefit of European football as a whole.”
The original plan published by German magazine Der Spiegel said 11 clubs from Spain, England, Germany, Italy, and France would play in a Super League for the next 20 years.
ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus, described the new memorandum as “an important moment in the history of European football.”
“The MoU places ECA firmly at the heart of UEFA’s decision-making process, in a manner which properly reflects clubs’ contribution to the development of the game.”
“In addition, it sets the foundations and structure required to ensure, that together with UEFA, we meet the challenges the game faces to support its continued long-term growth,” he commented.
“This can only be achieved through a collaborative and constructive engagement between our two organizations.”
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin: "I'm delighted we reached an agreement and that we – as Europe’s football governing body – and European clubs will continue to work closely together to further promote, develop and shape the future of football across the continent." pic.twitter.com/B1QYEbd9bU
— #UEFACongress (@UEFA) February 6, 2019