Manchester United are one of the 12 founding clubs that have joined the European Super League competition.
The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all joined the Super League.
Before the announcement of the Super League was made, UEFA warned that any team that eventually decided to join the Super League could be banned from playing in any of the UEFA competitions and their domestic leagues and the players involved could be stopped from representing their national teams.
Despite the warning, the elite clubs would go on to dump the Champions League for the European Super League and Daily Mail has reported the punishment for the affected teams.
Teams that are excluded from their domestic leagues, will start their competition from the fifth tier in their country if they decide to return.
The European Super League idea would still go ahead and would release a statement behind the reason of creating the competition.
ESL statement: “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.
“AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.”
Manchester United’s co-owner Joel Glazer, who is one of the vice-chairmen of the Super League, said: “By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities.
“And increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.”
And the founding clubs of the European Super League will receive an amount of €3.5 billion solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic.
European Super League Competition Format:
20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.