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.
Those planned changes were confirmed by UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin on Monday, and will come into effect from the 2024/25 season onwards.
In a clear, further indication that Bayern have no intention of altering their stance, Rummenigge (via Tariq Panja) is to join UEFA’s executive committee – replacing Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who Ceferin slammed in a press conference on Monday despite being the godfather of his daughter.
Agnelli has already resigned from his position after being one of the driving forces behind the Super League’s creation, even though he’d told Ceferin as recently as Thursday that he was happy with UEFA’s proposed reforms into the Champions League.
Bayern have not officially commented on their decision to reject the lure of a Super League, but their opposition to the proposal was instead confirmed by Borussia Dortmund CEO, Hans Joachim Watzke.
“The members of the board of the European Club Association (ECA) got together for a virtual conference on Sunday evening and confirmed that the board decision of last Friday is still valid,” Watzke said in a statement.
“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 the plans to found a Super League were rejected. Both German clubs that are represented on the ECA Board, FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, represented 100 percent congruent views in all discussions.”
RB Leipzig have also denounced the plans to establish a Super League, further evidence of German football’s unwavering commitment to UEFA.