UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has issued a conciliation note as plans for a European Super League crumble in the face of a backlash.
Just over a day after criticizing a proposal which he said was “fueled only by greed above all else,” Ceferin indicated his willingness to move forward with clubs that have pulled out of the league. separatist.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all confirmed they are ending their involvement in the European Super League after a popular outcry over the plans.
“I said yesterday that it was admirable to admit a mistake and that these clubs made a big mistake,” Ceferin said in a statement.
“But they’re back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not only our competitions but the whole European game.
“The important thing now is to move on, to rebuild the unity the game enjoyed before that and move forward together.”
The withdrawal of English clubs from the company leaves Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan and Inter to continue, but it is unclear what form the proposal could take with half of its planned participants. no longer involved.
The European Super League has said after the defections it will “reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project”.
UEFA plans to move forward with the Champions League revisions announced on Monday in the face of the threat that may remain from Super League supporters.
These plans include an increased field of 36 teams as the current format – in which there are eight groups of four – will be scrapped.
Instead, each team will play 10 group matches before moving to a final 16 knockout format. The changes are expected to be introduced for the 2024-25 season.