Evening Chronicle

Magpies are against new league plans

- By LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE United chiefs have told the Chronicle they “strongly oppose” plans for a European Super League.

The Magpies were not one of the clubs to sign up to the new heavyweigh­t and cash-laden division and when asked the Super League’s communicat­ions team would not confirm whether United had been consulted at any stage.

A statement circulated on Sunday night read: “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competitio­n, the Super League, governed by its founding clubs.

“AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atletico de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazio­nale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs.

“It is anticipate­d a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as is practicabl­e.

“Going forward, the founding clubs look forward to holding discussion­s with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnershi­p to deliver the best outcomes for the new league and for football as a whole.”

Despite United’s stance becoming clear, neither Mike Ashley nor his representa­tives have yet to comment on the record about the situation.

Managing-director Lee Charnley has maintained a veil of silence throughout the entire season so far despite vowing to communicat­e more with fans at the start of the 2019/20 season.

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