Rebel clubs approved UEFA’s plans as their lawyers sought a trademark for the rival Super League

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Conspiratory clubs signed the UEFA Champions League plans at the same time as their lawyers filed for a trademark to enshrine the European Super League in law.

In yet another example of the cynicism of the Super League conspirators: Sportsmail has been informed that an application for the trademark of the name and trademark of ‘The Super League’ was filed in Germany on Friday by the Barcelona office of elite law firm Clifford Chance.

Meanwhile, the board members of the European Club Association met online to finalize an agreement with UEFA on Champions League reforms. But even as they dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s, six of them knew they were about to jump off the boat.

Likewise, Tottenham was committed to a breakaway group

Liverpool and Tottenham were among six England teams that had agreed to the new project

Plans for the European Super League collapsed 48 hours after it was officially announced

Plans for the European Super League collapsed 48 hours after it was officially announced

“They probably weren’t interested in what we said,” Wanja Greuel, the CEO of BSC Young Boys in Switzerland, told Sportsmail.

It was betrayal. We had discussions about the Champions League about what could be improved or what we could change. It went very smoothly.

And at the end there was a clear opinion that we would continue with the UEFA competition. We have found a common solution. But of course they all knew. We now know that those guys knew they were going to retire. ‘

Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, fights against the conspirators behind the Super League

Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, fights against the conspirators behind the Super League

Mr. Greuel only discovered the betrayal on Sunday morning together with other members of the ECA board.

‘I could not believe it. We were so disappointed and angry. It was a total shock. It’s the worst you can do and they’ve been doing it for so long. They were so freezing.

Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli became vice president of the European Super League

Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli became vice president of the European Super League

Shock waves rattled the football world on Sunday night as plans for the European Super League were announced – a breakaway tournament that would replace clubs’ European commitments with UEFA, such as the Champions League.

England’s Big Six – Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – alongside Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan were the founders.

And the football world was shaken again 48 hours later when the mocked project began to unravel on Tuesday night, as the English clubs withdrew.

Arsenal fans hung banners outside the Emirates Stadium in protest at the proposals

Arsenal fans hung banners outside the Emirates Stadium in protest at the proposals

And the project finally got its final rites when Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli admitted that the European Super League project could not go ahead after AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid had withdrawn from the six Premier League clubs.

When the project died, Greuel thought about “mixed feelings.”

“On the one hand, I am happy because I think this would have been the greatest disaster for European football,” he said.

‘But I’m confused. Did they really think there would be less protest? That was to be expected in my opinion.

Liverpool fans are protesting outside Anfield on Monday amid European Super League plans

Liverpool fans are protesting outside Anfield on Monday amid European Super League plans

The fans’ organization, Football Supporters’ Europe, says the rebel clubs’ two-sided approach revealed they were ‘bandits’.

“For better or worse, the governance of European football is based on trust and compromise and they blown that away,” said Ronan Evain, FSE CEO.

‘They are bandits. They hijacked football. You cannot compromise with bandits. ‘

However, the FSE has been bolstered by a surprising solidarity among fans.

“There is a tremendous sense of solidarity with the fans of the affected clubs such as Liverpool,” said Evain.

The supporter group emphasizes that the experience of the past three days must lead to a meaningful reform of football.

“Unlike the franchise competition, these issues are not going to go away overnight,” FSA said in a statement.

‘We are therefore committed to continuing to put pressure on European and national football boards to ensure that recent events bring about positive and lasting change.

‘We fully expect national governments and European institutions to honor their commitments to protect fans, clubs and football as a whole.

To avoid a repeat of this week’s debacle, fan representatives must be involved in decision-making processes and club cartels must be prevented from acting with impunity.

‘We demand stricter regulations. We demand immediate action to protect our clubs and communities. And we demand that this never happens again.

“The real fight begins now.”

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