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European Super League

By: Ted Fred Franky, Refuting misinformation, June 7, 2023  1 year ago

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European Super League Exposé – Der Spiegel

In November 2018, Der Spiegel published the details of the plans so far for a European Super League, the clubs involved and their plans. You can find the post here.

Football: Documents Show Secret Plans for Elite League of Top Clubs – DER SPIEGEL

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Before we go on, it would seem hypocritical to castigate the authenticity of Der Spiegel and Wiki Leaks and then quote them. However, the articles about Manchester City have been proven to be false wherease the articles about the European Super League have come to fruitition so there is a distinct difference.

These plans are almost identical to the plans for a European Super League announced in 2021.

  1. The clubs involved are identical, except Bayern Munich (for obvious reason when you read below).
  2. The projected date to launch the new league was 2021 identical to what happened.
  3. The financing and money involved are the same.

If you wanted to ensure that the fabricated Football Leaks about Manchester City were taken seriously, the best way to do so would be to publish exposé from Football Leagues that proves to be true? ie present lots of information which can be proven, then any lies you produce will be believed, it is a neat subterfuge.

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These are the “Big Seven” behind it were: Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munich, Juventus, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal FC and AC Milan.

If the allegations made in this article are held to be true, then the clubs in Europe should be banned for at least 5 years from European competitions. It is not just about the plans for the league, but the manipulation of UEFA via the ECA is totally duplicitous.

Why aren’t these clubs being vilified to the same extent as Manchester City? It’s the same newspaper and the same source Rui Pinto. Yet this has been swept under the carpet.

“Charlie Stillitano is nothing if not persistent. In 2016, a few weeks after his meeting with Real Madrid, he visited the five top clubs in the Premier League: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. The meeting took place at a luxury hotel in London. “

“Even as Rummenigge was spouting his flowery rhetoric, the international law firm was busy examining on behalf of Bayern legal counsel Gerlinger the possibilities for doing away with everything that the ECA was trying to reform. “

“What Rummenigge and Agnelli were demanding was nothing less than a vast shift of power and revenue in favor of the top clubs. One might also say: It was a betrayal of the over 200 smaller and midsized clubs that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also represented as head of the European Club Association. “

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Rummenigge “The solution found with UEFA will be beneficial primarily to the top clubs. Thanks to the new regulations, they will receive more money than ever before. The tradition clause alone, which allots greater revenues to those clubs that have found success in the last 10 years in the Champions League and Europa League, will generate over 30 million euros for FC Bayern starting with the 2018/19 Champions League season — money that is guaranteed even before the club had even played its first game. “

“The fact that it was Gerlinger himself who had taken a leading role in negotiating this MoU with UEFA — and received a bonus of 25,000 euros from the ECA for doing so — makes the double-dealing that much more grotesque. “

“Bayern Munich in particular would face a serious problem if it were to withdraw from the Bundesliga. Player contracts in Germany contain a clause that binds them exclusively to the Bundesliga. Should FC Bayern Munich actually take the step of leaving the league, the lawyers argued, the players could possibly terminate their contracts unilaterally and switch to other teams without transfer fees. A nightmare scenario that could result in the loss of hundreds of millions of euros for the team from Munich.

But the Bavarians didn’t seem to be particularly deterred. In the following months, they would continue working together with the other conspirators, their expensive lawyers and high-profile investors on a possible solution to the problems.“

If what it says about the people involved are true, then these people cited in the Der Spiegel article should be banned from football world wide:

  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – Bayern Munich CEO & ECA Chairman
  • Michael Gerlinger – law firm Cleary Gottlieb
  • Charlie Stillitano – Fixer
  • Real Madrid General Director – José Ángel Sánchez
  • Milan patron – Silvio Berlusconi
  • Real Madrid President – Florentino Pérez
  • Barcelona director – Raúl Sanllehí
  • Stefano Bertola – Juventus
  • Juventus CEO – Andrea Agnelli
  • Bertola – Fixer
  • Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke

“This is a big mistake by UEFA and we oppose that,” wrote Lars-Christer Olsson one day after the ECA meeting. A native of Sweden, Olsson is president of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), an association tasked with protecting the interests of 35 national leagues, including the Bundesliga. According to Olsson, the joint company established by UEFA and ECA is “a first step towards a private super league in Europe.” Bundesliga head Christian Seifert was also surprised by the reform plans. He said he was seeing the plans for the first time.

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A few days later, the secretary general of the EPFL sent out a 10-page memo intended to provide a “legal and political overview of the current situation.” In the memo, the EPFL took an even more drastic view of the reform of the European leagues than Olsson had before: “These amendments were the result of the pressure and threat posed by the top clubs which have been in position to profit from the power vacuum at UEFA and impose their reform with the help of UEFA apparatchiks.”

“A document was attached to the email — the draft of a 13-page “binding term sheet” of 11 European top clubs for the establishment of a Super League. If everything proceeds in accordance with the “binding term sheet,” the Champions League will cease to exist as of 2021. “

“The 11 clubs listed as “founders” of the European Super League — the ones that would apparently not face relegation — are Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus Turin, FC Chelsea, FC Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, FC Liverpool, AC Milan — and Bayern Munich. All seven clubs in the secret society are represented. The five “initial guests,” according to the document, would be Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Olympique Marseille, Inter Milan and AS Roma. “

The document also lists the possible ownership stakes that would be held by the individual clubs in the joint European Super League company, with:

  1. Real Madrid holding 18.77 percent,
  2. Barcelona 17.61 percent and
  3. Manchester United 12.58 percent.
  4. Bayern Munich would be the fourth largest shareholder at 8.29 percent.

It would be interesting to find out who the shareholders were in the actual European Super League that was announced, whether it reflected the split above and whether Bayern Munich had a share. Remember Bayern Munich avoided a lot of the ire of those against the European Super League, as stated here they needed to work out how to avoid the Bundesliga rules and join with their consent.

There isn’t a single mention of UEFA in the entire draft contract.

”Michael Gerlinger and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had the FC Bayern Munich media director respond on their behalf to written requests for comment on the new Super League plans and on the agreements made by members of the secret society. The club, he wrote, was aware of “neither the existence nor the content” of the term sheet draft. Furthermore, he added, Bayern Munich “as a matter of policy, does not comment on confidential discussions.”

Where is the investigation into the clandestine cartel these people are preparing to use their position of dominance to undermine and destroy European and English football as we know it?