Borussia Dortmund confirms that she and Bayern Munich will not sign up for the European Super League
Borussia Dortmund confirms they will not sign up for the European Super League and want to continue planned Champions League reform
- 12 European clubs announced on Sunday that they will create a new Super League
- The tournament would replace their participation in UEFA competitions
- Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that they will not participate in the new tournament
- The Bundesliga club also claimed that Bayern Munich will also not participate
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they have no plans to join the European Super League leading group on Sunday night, created by 12 clubs.
The twelve European teams, including all of England’s ‘Big Six’ clubs, have revealed their intentions to start a new league ‘as soon as practicable’ to replace their participation in UEFA competitions, including the Champions League .
Dortmund not only revealed that they turned down the Super League, but also claimed that German rivals Bayern Munich had joined them by not signing up for the controversial tournament.
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they will not sign up for the European Super League
Dortmund have also confirmed that Bayern Munich has joined them in their Super League position
The Ruhrland club insisted that they wanted to continue reforming the Champions League rather than creating a new league from scratch.
Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke said: ‘The board members of the European Club Association (ECA) gathered for a virtual conference on Sunday evening and confirmed that last Friday’s board decision is still valid.
This decision means that the clubs want to implement the planned reform of the UEFA Champions League. It was the clear opinion of the members of the ECA board that plans to create a Super League were being rejected. ‘
12 European clubs, including the ‘Big Six’ of England, announced their new tournament on Sunday
The statement also said Dortmund and Bayern “ represented 100 percent common positions in all discussions ” regarding their position on the Super League.
The two German clubs chose not to sign up for the tournament, along with French club Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are the six teams that have signed up from England.
The Spanish trio Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and the Italian clubs Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan are the other signed teams that have signed up.
During the tournament, 15 teams automatically qualify for the tournament each season, with five additional qualifying places up for grabs.
Teams are split into two groups of 10, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals – with playoffs to decide if the other two teams reach the knockout rounds.
Dortmund expressed a desire to work with UEFA to reform the Champions League
The creation of the European Super League has met with severe criticism from the ECA, FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League and the Football Association, all of which have threatened to take legal action against the teams.
On Monday, UEFA was set to announce their new plans to reform the Champions League despite the threat of breakaway competition, but Sunday night’s announcement has left a hitch.
UEFA has threatened to expel any team signed up for the European Super League from European competitions, and to deny players of those teams from playing in international football.