The creation of the European Super League has been officially announced.
Twelve of football’s biggest clubs in Europe confirmed defied threats from their league and UEFA, announcing they have formed a new breakaway league, with each side set to immediately receive a share of £3billion.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham had all declared as members of the new league.
In Spain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all joined while Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan joined from Italy.
Yesterday, managements of the Serie A, Premier League and LaLiga met with UEFA to release a statement where they vowed to do everything in their power to block the breakaway, including banning clubs from playing in domestic competitions.
However, these threats did not have any effects on the breakaway clubs as they released their own statement confirming that they would be pressing ahead with plans for a new European Super League.
A statement from the newly formed group read, “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, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs.
It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
“Going forward, the founding clubs look forward to holding discussions with Uefa and Fifa to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.
“Further, for a number of years, the founding clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.