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PSG president believes ‘nobody can break the ecosystem of football’ amid Super League formation

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PSG president believes 'nobody can break the ecosystem of football' amid Super League formation

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi accepts the 12 team who attempted to frame an European Super League tried to “break the ecosystem of football”.

In April 2021, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan, Inter, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool attempted to shape a breakaway rivalry.

Alongside Bayern Munich, PSG were a remarkable non-attendant, with the Ligue 1 side having selected against joining the arrangement.

The proposal quickly separated, with the six English clubs, the Milan teams and Atletico all exiting, however Juve, Madrid and Barca are as yet pushing for a Super League.

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Al-Khelaifi has been one of UEFA’s firm sponsor in the separation, and replaced Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli as head of the European Club Association (ECA).

Talking at the FPF Football Talks event in Portugal, Al-Khelaifi asserted the broad resistance to the Super League demonstrates football’s “ecosystem” – the fans – can’t be damaged

“The ecosystem of football is bigger than just two or three clubs,” he said.

“That’s very important and I think a message has been sent to everybody that nobody can break the ecosystem of football, the fans.

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“The love of football is stronger than anyone and any business.”

Champions League 2024 format

A contentious new Champions League format will come into play from 2024. A further four teams will be able to qualify, and instead of a group stage, there will be a single, 36-team league.

Teams will no longer play three clubs twice, but will instead face different teams and have more guaranteed fixtures in the competition.

There is also a controversial possibility for two of the extra qualification spots to be handed to the domestic leagues that have performed best in UEFA competitions.

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Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid face Champions League bans after huge court defeat

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Super League rebels Real Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona face Champions League bans after a gigantic lose in a Spanish court.

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin had vowed to make the three remaining insurgents pay for their part in pushing the breakaway arrangement even after the Prem Big Six organized their humiliated retreats from association a year prior.

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The three clubs promised to go ahead with their breakaway plan notwithstanding the enormous public kickback that constrained Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and both Manchester sides to pull out of the plot.

However, the Madrid Mercantile Court, saw by quite a few people as an in-house division of Real Madrid, had concurred with the club case that Uefa’s proposed sanctions unfairly prevented the trio from pushing on with their plot.

Now, though, a senior judge overturned that ruling, which had prevented Uefa taking any disciplinary action against them for their continued involvement in the doomed project.

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Judge Sofía Gil of the superior Spanish Commercial Court quashed that legal stay and appears set to dismiss the rebel’s case entirely at a pre-trial hearing slated for June 14, which would open the door for Uefa to take action.

In her 18-page ruling, Judge Gil stated that Real, Barca and Juve were “perfectly aware of the possible consequences” of their actions in defying Uefa.

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The Judge added: “Uefa and Fifa are associations that control and organise sporting competitions.

“For them to have to give prior authorisation for any alternative competition is reasonable and justified, in order to preserve sporting merit and equal opportunities for participating clubs.”

In response, a spokesman for the Nyon-based governing body said: “Uefa has today received the order of the Madrid court, lifting the precautionary measures in their entirety.

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“Uefa welcomes this decision and is considering its implications. Uefa will not be making any further comment for the time being.”

Source: TheSun

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