Ajax release statement condemning proposed Super League

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Blaise Bourgeois

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On Sunday, the football world was turned upside down when 12 clubs announced their potential participation in a possible breakaway Super League.

The move has been met with backlash all over the globe, with many clubs condemning the idea, with Ajax doing the same in a statement released through Edwin van der Sar.

“Ajax is completely taken aback and disappointed by the announcement of a possible Super League. We support the new set-up proposed by Uefa, as confirmed on Monday,” the statement began.

“Through my work for the ECA, I have been involved for a number of years in discussions about a new format for the UEFA club competitions.

“In the past, Ajax has fought together with the ECV and the KNVB for a number of changes, for example, to make participation in the UEFA Champions League more accessible for the clubs.

“We thought we had found the solution with the so-called Swiss model, with more international competitions for more clubs.

“We are very disappointed in the sudden and late turnaround that fellow directors of some top international clubs have made this weekend, with the result that a very uncertain period threatens the horizon of European football.”

Unfortunately for Ajax, the Super League news has overshadowed their tremendous KNVB Cup final accomplishment, where they lifted the trophy after David Neres’ 91st-minute goal gave Ajax a 2-1 win over Vitesse.