As it happened: European Super League threatens to shake up 'beautiful game'

From Matias Grez, Rob Picheta, Ben Church and John Sinnott, CNN

Updated 5:22 p.m. ET, April 19, 2021
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4:49 a.m. ET, April 19, 2021

'Irresponsible to irreparably damage' European football

By Kevin Dotson, Brad Lendon and John Sinnott

What’s striking about the so-called European Super League is which clubs aren’t part of it, notably Bayern Munich and Champions League semifinalist Paris Saint-Germain.

Christian Seifert, CEO of the German Football Association (DFL), said his organization opposes the concept of a European Super League.

“Economic interest of a few top clubs in England, Italy, and Spain should not lead to the abolishment of established structures in European football as a consequence,” Seifert said in a statement.

Seifert added that it would be “irresponsible to irreparably damage the national leagues as the basis of European professional football.”

Christian Seifert presents Bayern Munich with the 2020 Bundesliga title.
Christian Seifert presents Bayern Munich with the 2020 Bundesliga title. KAI PFAFFENBACH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images