Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is to join UEFA’s executive committee, all but ending any hope/fear that the Bundesliga giants will join the 12 rebel clubs looking to form a Super League.
It was announced on Sunday night that six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – will join Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from La Liga, as well as Serie A trio Juventus, Inter and AC Milan in attempting to break away from UEFA governed competition – setting up their own rival tournament; the Super League.
The founding 12 will always be a part of the new competition, which will not feature promotion and relegation, which is designed to bring in billions of pounds in revenue.
The plans have caused an international sh*tstorm, with widespread condemnation and outcry blasting the 12 clubs for what’s being considered the ultimate betrayal. But it was immediately noticeable that two of European club football’s biggest clubs had not signed up to competing in the the Super League – Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Ligue 1 heavyweights PSG.
In fact, no club from Germany or France have pledged allegiance to this breakaway competition, and instead Bayern and PSG have backed UEFA proposals to reform the existing Champions League into a new 36-team format.
Now, in a clear indication that Bayern have no intention of changing their minds, New York times journalist Tariq Panja has reported that chairman Rummenigge will instead join UEFA’s executive committee, replacing Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli – who UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin slammed in a press conference on Monday, despite the being godfather of his daughter.
Agnelli has already resigned from his position after it was revealed that he’d been a driving force in pushing through plans to create a Super League, even though he’d told Ceferin as recently as Thursday that that he was happy with UEFA’s proposed reforms into the Champions League.
More to follow…