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AC Milan chief Gazidis says Super League ‘start of new chapter’

Milan (AFP) – AC Milan chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis insisted Tuesday the breakaway Super League will be the “start of a new chapter” which would reap benefits for everyone down to grassroots football.

In a letter to the club’s sponsors published in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Gazidis claimed the new midweek competition would revolutionise the game.

“We are confident that this new 20-team competition will capture the imaginations of billions of football fans around the world and mark the start of an exciting new chapter in the game of football,” wrote former Arsenal CEO Gazidis.

“The aim is to create a format in which the best teams compete more regularly, improving the overall quality and intensity of European football.”

“The football industry, like many others, has recently gone through a period of significant instability and financial difficulties, accelerated by the global Covid-19 pandemic,” continued the 56-year-old.

“The Super League will provide value and support to the entire football pyramid with increased financial resources, significantly increasing solidarity payments to national leagues and grassroots football and the creation of a corresponding women’s league, which will represent a transformative step forward for women’s football.”

South African-born Gazidis insisted the new format would not change the 18-time Serie A winners’ commitment to their domestic league.

“Alongside their commitment to creating this new European tournament, the founding clubs are also making a long-term commitment to their national championships,” he wrote. 

“Serie A will remain the most important weekend competition in Italy and AC Milan are proud to remain an important part of the fabric of Italian football.

“The clubs are looking forward to holding discussions with FIFA and UEFA and all other football institutions to work together in partnership to provide a structure that will be beneficial to football as a whole.

“This is an exciting time for the club, for you as our partner and for European football.”

Seven-time European champions Milan, along with Juventus and Inter Milan are the three Italian teams among the founders.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have also signed up.

AC Milan won their last Serie A title in 2011, and are targeting a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli would not comment on the Super League before their midweek Serie A game against Sassuolo.

“I listen to the advice of my club who asked me to focus on working on the championship goal, then we will evaluate what will happen in the future, but this is not the time,” Pioli told a pre-match press conference.

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  1. Michael

    April 20, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Not entirely true. The 15 can’t be relegated…but there will be 5 that are relegated each year. The final five aren’t guaranteed. That being said. This is has been coming for a while. In fact it has been coming since 1992 when the EPL was established and those teams slowly started getting more and more revenue. Serie A and La Liga have arguably been the more talented leagues during that that time period, but the EPL has out paced those other leagues in revenue and airplay. I will be a Barca fan do matter when or where they play…but Barca & Real Madrid have always been virtually separate from the rest of La Liga. I don’t think you will see the outrage in anywhere except for UK. PSG has to be play the political game because of their vested interested in the UCL, but you won’t see the same outage in France. Juve, Milan, and Inter are similar to Barca and Real in Italy. I wonder how they will determine the “Other 5.”

  2. rkujay

    April 20, 2021 at 11:14 am

    United for more than six decades. Having said that, I hope all the perpetrators get banned to the National League. Let them learn, first hand how the pyramid works. Fine them heavily. Very heavily. And don’t let them play in the European tournaments they so detest, for a decade or so.
    The glazers have opened the door for their inevitable exit. Here’s how. Take the dirty money from the esl, sell the club for two billion. Thus they get their own valuation of the team’ s worth plus a sizeable ‘tip’.

  3. Don Dickerson

    April 20, 2021 at 10:03 am

    I see it less like the NFL and more like MLB where the MLB has the Triple double and single A system that FEED the MLB teams. The super League would do this with the smaller teams since those teams wont be able to keep any great player due to needing revenue.

  4. Ivan

    April 20, 2021 at 9:30 am

    This is allegedly a push by American owners to create a NFL style closed system where profits are kept in the family. No one gets to worry about getting relegated or not making the cut next season.

    I don’t think they calculated the backlash coming, this is about to get very interesting…

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