Evening Telegraph (First Edition)

Claim that Euro Super League can greatly benefit Old Firm


A NEW-LOOK European Super League could have major benefits for the Old Firm, according to the chief executive of the project.

Plans are being developed for a new, open-access continenta­l competitio­n by A22, a company which also promoted the hugely controvers­ial version of the Super League which launched briefly before collapsing in April 2021.

A22 and its chief executive Bernd Reichart have spoken to nearly 50 European clubs and stakeholde­rs to develop 10 principles which underpin its plans for a new competitio­n.

He did not confirm whether Celtic or Rangers were among those clubs due to confidenti­ality agreements, but believes “big clubs in small leagues” like them would benefit from the A22 project.

He said: “Analysing the situation of the Scottish top clubs, the situation they’re in is quite comparable to other European leagues where domestic revenues are not sufficient to grant competitiv­eness on the bigger European stage, although they have every condition to be one of the big European clubs – football tradition, modern stadia, passionate fan base, historic track record and trophies.

“What can change for big clubs in small leagues was one of the essential assessment­s we did over the course of the last six months.”

The original Super League was heavily criticised as it proposed that 15 clubs would be permanent members of a 20-team competitio­n, with no threat of failing to qualify for those permanent members.

A22 is now proposing an open, 60 to 80-team multi-divisional format, guaranteei­ng competing teams at least 14 European matches per season.

Asked what the benefit of A22’s proposals might be to Scotland’s top clubs, Reichart said: “I see a big opportunit­y in a multi-divisional system which is granting access to 60 or 80 clubs to have a strong second column (of revenue) you can build your ambition on.

“Currently the recurrent, solid competitio­n you’re building your project on is your domestic league.

“If those big clubs in smaller countries would have a chance of a stronger, more sustainabl­e, more predictabl­e European footprint, with a guaranteed amount of matches ahead of the season they qualified for, that could actually give them, step by step, an opportunit­y to have a more meaningful European path and build that project and their European ambition on something which is more predictabl­e.

“It’s more stable than qualifying for the Champions League or trying to go through the previous rounds of qualificat­ion, because for a lot of clubs the Champions League and the other Uefa competitio­ns are far from being wide open.”

The future and shape of any new Super League project hinges on the outcome of a European Court of Justice Grand Chamber ruling expected later this year.

A22 brought a case against Uefa and Fifa, arguing that the governing bodies were abusing a dominant position under European competitio­n law by first blocking the formation of the old Super League and then seeking to sanction those involved.

Celtic and Rangers have been approached for comment.

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Celtic and Rangers could be helped by a new league.

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