With a dozen major European soccer clubs attempting to break away from their domestic circuits to start their own super league, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and many fans are lashing out at the clubs’ owners, such as American billionaires John Henry (Liverpool), Stan Kroenke (Arsenal), and the Glazer family (Manchester United). ‘It’s crazy how American owners are actually destroying football,’ one British soccer fan wrote on Twitter amid a wave of criticism directed at the EPL’s American-born club owners. Earlier, the 12 teams planning to start the breakaway Super League told the leaders of FIFA and UEFA that they have begun legal action aimed at fending off threats to block the competition. The letter was sent by the group to Ceferin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino saying the Super League has already been underwritten by funding of 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) from American bank JPMorgan Chase. Currently, teams have to qualify each year for the Champions League through their domestic leagues, but the Super League would lock in 15 places every season for the founding members. The seismic move to shake up the sport is partly engineered by the American owners of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, who also run franchises in closed U.S. leagues – a model they are trying to replicate in Europe. Ceferin showed his sense of anger and betrayal by the owners, or ‘snakes,’ and said he wished the UEFA could ban Super League clubs and players ‘as soon as possible’ from all of its competitions.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail