·24 March 2023
·24 March 2023
The European Super League (ESL) is still working to attract clubs into participation, and they have offered Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic a bumper pay-out if they join.
The amount they will receive from the ESL will eclipse the sum they receive from UEFA for playing in the Champions League.
Rangers and Celtic currently receive £30 million for participating in the Champions League.
Bernd Reichart, chief executive of management company A22, the organisation in charge of the ESL, said he held discussions with clubs in Scotland.
Reichart claimed the clubs did not want their name in the public domain for fears that UEFA could punish/sanction them.
The German director said a minimum of 14-midweek league games for participating clubs would lead to a significant European revenue increase for Scottish clubs.
Reichart said that there is a new 80-team multi-league format in place which would involve relegation and promotion.
He added that it would energise European leagues existing in pale comparison to the Premier League.
Reichart said (via the Daily Mail): “Now we have a lot of domestic kings in less relevant leagues. You are the kings of your domestic territory but unable to compete with the league next door for the European crowns.
“For those clubs who are locked in a domestic league with limited potential, and where UEFA is not really a truly open and sustainable second frontier for their ambition, we want to be able to provide more significant earnings on the back of a higher amount of guaranteed matches.
“We want a more predictable, sustainable path within Europe. Even though promotion and relegation should always comply with the sporting merit principle.”
Reichart noted that it was significant that UEFA’s response to the ESL has been with threats and sanctions.
He said UEFA has been spying on their court case to see what the ESL was doing. They have been trying to find out who they were aligning with.
However, the future of the ESL rests on the outcome of a European Court of Justice Grand Chamber ruling. The verdict should arrive later this year.
A22 argues that UEFA and FIFA are abusing their monopolistic position under competition law by blocking the formation of the ESL.
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