The plan for the new Super League soccer competition is, surprisingly, missing the names of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Last year’s Champions League finalists were noted absentees from the dozen elite European clubs who announced the plan on Sunday.
Bayern would face difficulties convincing its fans and members, who have a majority say in club business, of the merits of joining the rebels. PSG’s Qatari owners could be wary of disrupting next year’s World Cup — which will be played in Qatar — and a lucrative UEFA broadcast deal if there’s a civil war in European soccer.
The Super League has signed up 12 clubs from England, Spain and Italy and left open three more spots for founding members, who will get permanent places in the competition. Bayern, PSG and Borussia Dortmund have been linked with those places.
Source: Associated Press – JAMES ELLINGWORTH