THE DREAMS of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have been shattered.
Their ambitions to create a Super League of the richest clubs, a money spider to bankrupt UEFA and hit the power of the Premier League, have been declared null and void by Luxembourg lawmakers.
There were muted but triumphant celebrations across Europe, at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, in the Prem’s shiny new offices near Paddington, for LaLiga in Madrid and the Bundesliga in Frankfurt.
But if there were still doubts among the American owners of Liverpool and Manchester United about whether it was wise to cash in on their investments now, the “non-binding opinion” of the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General has certainly dispelled them for good.
The Northwestern duo and the remaining members of the Big Six were forced to abandon their plans to join the breakaway group, even agreeing to financial and athletic penalties for any future reversal from the public backlash.
Yet it always seemed as if they did so with fingers crossed tightly behind their backs, waiting for an opportunity to hop back onto a future gravy train before it exited the station.
The argument would have been simple: we didn’t want to do it and we promised we would stay. But what else can we do?
The Super League offered the prospect of a new financial universe, even for the wealthy elite.
A £3.6billion elite cartel funded by US financial giant JP Morgan, worth up to £310million for each club, PLUS at least £130million per season.
If they did, the value of the English clubs involved would have skyrocketed and passed the £5bn mark without even thinking about quitting.
That it would have impoverished those left behind was unimportant and irrelevant.
It’s all over now.
Revenues will increase going forward, especially if the Prem giants can take control of the streaming rights and if international appetites to watch the world’s best league continue to grow.
But not the exponential growth that FSG and the Glazers envisioned and expected when they went to bed with the conspirators as masterminds of the plan.
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Instead, the £3-4billion sums being floated as potential prizes for Anfield and Old Trafford clubs could top the market. Also above what the market is willing to pay.
Former Arsenal deputy chairman David Dein, one of the five original club bosses who helped found the Premier League but advised Stan Kroenke against joining the breakaway, said: “The Super League was the owner that made the tea leaves didn’t read properly.
“They got the wrong message and that was clearly driven by the owners who thought there was a Holy Grail out there.
“The whole concept was abhorrent. It wasn’t in the best interest of football in general.
“When it failed, that probably encouraged the sale of Liverpool and Manchester United.”
Unsurprisingly, UEFA chiefs, supported by the powerful European Club Association and the big leagues, were stunned by a verdict that went far further than any of them expected.
The ECA, which represents nearly 250 clubs across the continent, including nine from the Prem, trumpeted: “This is a clear rejection of the efforts of a few to undermine the foundations and historical legacy of European football for the many.
“The few owner-occupiers tried to disrupt European club football and undermine the values that underpin it.”
Despite the devastating backlash that the formal judgment in March was set to confirm, the three remaining rebels sought solace through their lobbying vehicle, the Madrid-based A22.
A22 maintained that UEFA should not block attempts to set up a competing competition, but ignored the key position that the European governing body has the right to sanction it.
Chairman of the Board Bernd Reichart said: “We are pleased about the recognition of the right of third parties to organize pan-European club competitions.
“We believe that the 15 judges tasked with investigating this case will go much further and give clubs the opportunity to rule their own destiny in Europe.”
Victories like this look like… defeats. heaviness. Who don’t allow a comeback.
Of course, everything could change in March. Anything is possible up to this point.
But even Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s allies in the Spanish media portrayed it as a humiliating reversal.
The coffin was ordered and the last rites performed. Now the only thing waiting for the Super League is the final confirmation of its fate.
European football can breathe easy. It may not be shared in Boston or Miami.
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