The European Super League is already the subject of debate every week in the world of football. Leaders of clubs and leagues generate with their statements a rumble that makes it clear that the project is being negotiated and designed, which is why opposing opinions begin to speak out. The most important was undoubtedly that of the FIFA who strongly opposed the Super League and now the FSE (Football Supporters Europe) has published a statement uniting thousands of fans from all over Europe, including the FASFE (Federation of Shareholders and Partners of Spanish Soccer), to show their dissatisfaction with the project.
The statement is also signed by the FASFE by various groups of fans of national clubs:
- Athletic Club: 28 Athletic Club clubs in the downtown area
- Club Atlético de Madrid: Smoke Signals; Replicators 1903
- FC Barcelona: FCB monitoring
- RCD Espanyol: Association of Small and Medium Shareholders of Espanyol
- Real Madrid CF: Amber Movement
- Real Sociedad: Izarra Group; Real Socialism!
- Sevilla FC: United Shareholders SFC; Federation of Peñas Sevillistas “San Fernando
- Valencia CF: Association of the Small Shareholder of the Valencia Football Club; Freedom VCF
- Real Zaragoza: Association of Small Shareholders and Former Members of Real Zaragoza
This release is signed by a diverse crowd of European fans including national organizations, fan groups from the top 200 clubs in the UEFA rankings, fans of clubs that allegedly support the schismatic league and fans of champions of European competitions.
We are united in our opposition to the creation of a European Super League, an unpopular, illegitimate and dangerous project in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of fans and fans.
This project destroy the European model of sport based on commonly accepted principles such as sporting merit, promotions and demotions, qualification for European competitions through success in national competitions and financial solidarity. In the process, it would also undermine the economic foundations of European football, further concentrating wealth and power in the hands of around a dozen elite clubs.
We recognize that our sport desperately needs deep reforms. But the proposals must seek to revive the competitive balance in European competitions, protect national leagues, promote the interests of the fans and favor a fairer distribution of income. A European Super League would not achieve any of these objectives but quite the opposite.
Sporting Merit and European Competitions
The reasoning behind creating a schismatic league is simple: allows big clubs to succeed off the pitch even when they fail on it. It is anti-competitive by design. Eliminate the magic of the cup, snatch the dream of watching your club play in Europe, and it goes against the very spirit of sport.
This approach is deeply unfair and counterproductive. We believe that all clubs must have equal opportunities to qualify for European competitionsOpportunities based on hard work, determination and skill, not on the size of your bottom line or past glories.
Protection of National Competitions
A Super League would further undermine national competitions, exacerbating inequalities within each league and between leagues by adding more European matches to an already saturated schedule and giving the richest clubs an even greater advantage through increasing their income.
We are concerned, above all, with how our clubs are doing in national leagues and cups. We refuse to let them become second-class competitions. We want to strengthen them, not weaken them.
Defense of the Hobby and Culture of Grada
The pandemic has once again demonstrated the importance of fans for entertainment and the survival of football from the Champions League to the amateur categories. We have supported clubs – financially and in other ways – despite being unable to enter stadiums and suffering the effects of an economic crisis in our daily lives.
This solidarity must be recognized, not exploited. There are limits for the amount of time and money that fans can invest in football, and a Super League far exceeds them.
We neither want nor need more European parties. We are tired of paying fancy salaries, transfer prices and ever-increasing profits, as well as financial mismanagement for some.
Fairer Distribution of Income and Sustainability
The current economic model of European football suffers from serious flaws. A handful of clubs swim in abundance, while many other clubs have hardly anything, and in many countries the lower ranks teeter on the brink of collapse. A Super League would make this situation much worse by allowing the large clubs will monopolize the benefits, endangering the current system of solidarity and redistribution.
We want a more equitable distribution of the income of European football to protect all leagues and clubs, making them more competitive at national and European level.
Dialogue with the Fans and other Groups Involved
A Super League would make European football more unequal, less competitive, and ultimately unsustainable. While a reform is necessary, should not take the form of an ultimatum from wealthy clubs looking to profit of an unprecedented public health crisis.
We therefore request that a consultation process in which we participate all parties involved, including fans and their representatives, to discuss any proposed restructuring of European football
We will also closely monitor any attempts to change the current format of European club competitions, evaluating them in accordance with the principles outlined in this release, and will oppose any attempt to impose a Super League through the back door.
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