Football Leaks reveals plans for a European Super League

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Eleven European clubs have drafted a document which would end the Champions League and replace it with a European Super League, according to a report published by Der Spiegel.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris St-Germain and AC Milan are the other clubs listed, with five further clubs allegedly to be invited as "initial guests".

"At least, it's an idea [the "Super League"] that we don't do immediately".

Der Spiegel named Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool among 11 clubs Bayern were purportedly hoping to lead away for the competition, the staging of which would present obvious problems for both the Champions League and domestic top-fight leagues in their current guises.

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The latest dose of documents, as reported from German weekly news outlet DER SPIEGEL, alleges that 11 of the biggest clubs in Europe still have ambitious, yet concrete plans to form a 16-team Super League.

This document detailed in a 13-page "binding preliminary agreement" aimed at creating a European Super League, starting in 2021, for a period of twenty years.

Rummenigge said in a Bayern statement: "I absolutely and clearly reject this".

"I can only say in Bayern Munich's name: We have no knowledge of this, we are not involved in such issues, and it is no issue for us", Rummenigge said. Neither he nor FC Bayern Munich have ever acted to the detriment of the ECA, Rummenigge stated.

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Der Spiegel also claims that there are separate documents detailing how through the intervention of Federation Internationale de Football Association president, Gianni Infantino (then UEFA Secretary General), Manchester City and Paris St-Germain avoided financial fair play sanctions despite breaching the rules.

Participants of the Super League could be granted much more significant financial rewards if they were allowed to play with the most superior clubs in the world on a more regular basis - more so than the Champions League.

Most of the top clubs have been looking to form the Super League in an attempt to earn more revenue compared to what they now earn in the Champions League's revenue sharing model. There would also be a knockout round once the league phase is complete.

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