Advertisement
Two former Champions League wi...

Sport

Two former Champions League winners reject Super League invites


Share this article


Former UEFA Champions League winners Borussia Dortmund and Porto have rejected invitations to join the breakaway Super League.

The clubs made public statements less than 24 hours after six Premier League clubs and three clubs from both La Liga and Serie revealed their plans to set-up a new competition to rival the Champions League.

The Bundesliga club, who won UEFA's biggest club competition in 1997, revealed on Monday that they had received an invitation to join the 12 breakaway clubs but decided to turn the offer down.

"The board members of the European Club Association (ECA) came together for a virtual meeting on Sunday evening, where it was agreed that the board's decision from last Friday still stands," said Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer Hans Joachim Watzke.

"This decision dictates that all clubs wish to implement the proposed reforms to the UEFA Champions League. The ECA board members took a clear stance in rejecting plans for the establishment of a Super League."

Watzke added that: "both German clubs on the ECA board, FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund shared exactly the same stance throughout all discussions."

The president of FC Porto, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, provided more detail to his club's decision not to accept their Super League invitation.

The Portuguese club, who won the Champions League in 2004, are backing the stance taken by their national association.

"As the Portuguese Football Federation is against this, and as part of UEFA, we cannot participate in anything that is against the principles and rules of the European Union and UEFA," said da Costa.

"If that goes forward, something that I have a lot of doubts about, UEFA will not end and it is certain that they will continue to have evidence.

"It must be recognized that the events organized by UEFA are the official events. We are not concerned with being or not, we are in the Champions League and we hope to continue to be for many years."

Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that players who play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the European Championship and World Cup, despite not having the backing from FIFA at this point.


Share this article


Read more about

Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund European Super League Porto UEFA Champions League

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

13:00-16:00

Share

Up next

The Big Ride Home With Brian M...

The Big Ride Home With Brian Maher

16:00-19:00

Share

The Fix with Leanne Hanafin

The Fix with Leanne Hanafin

19:00-22:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night...

The Sound of the City at Night with Karl Dawson

22:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

Suzanne Kane on 98FM

Suzanne Kane on 98FM

10:00-13:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

13:00-16:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on