A leading UEFA official has described plans for a £4.6bn European Super League the “exacerbation of selfishness and greed” in a stinging riposte to the proposals.
UEFA vice-president Fernando Gomes made the comments after outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed Barcelona has begun negotiations to join the league.
Those comments came after Sky Sports revealed FIFA were backing a Euro super league proposal being put forward by the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.
The plans are reportedly being financed by a remarkable £4.6bn JP Morgan package with the 18-team league having a provisional start date as early as 2022.
Gomes claims the proposals violate “all principles of sporting merit” and denounced the formation of the league.
“It violates all principles of sporting merit. It would be a self-proclaimed privileged club,” said Gomes [BBC Scotland].
“It deserves my refusal because the world is currently experiencing its greatest challenge, at least for the last century, and the last thing it needs is the exacerbation of selfishness and greed.
“In my opinion all governing bodies should refuse it in a very clear way.”
The current proposals would see the 18 teams within the European Super League structure try to largely monopolise on football finance and cut out the rest of the continent’s sides.