UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin commented on the fact that the big powers of today's football wanted to form the Super League 2 years ago and withdraw from the Champions League. In a conversation with Garry Neville, Ceferin revealed that United and Liverpool were the main teams in England regarding that proposal.
"As much as I know, unfortunately your [Neville's] club's [United's] owners were very much involved and Liverpool as well.
I think that those two were from the English side the most involved [in the Super League]. The last to join were Chelsea and Manchester City.
I'm not sure about Tottenham and Arsenal."- he said, as quoted by eurosport.com Ceferin had many phone calls and was particularly angry at such suggestions. He could not believe that the clubs were ready to do such things.
"When I arrived in Switzerland, I got a phone call from one of the English clubs saying that we'll have to join this project. They didn't like it but didn't want to be the only ones out. Two clubs were hesitating in England very much, they said they wanted to stay friends with us, our friends from within.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City were hesitant from the beginning, and it was one of these teams that called me.
I had a phone call from one of the English clubs, I will not say which.
I lost it a bit and said, 'You go to hell. From tomorrow, you are my enemies. I don't want to speak to you anymore' It was tough."
Ceferin believes that football can be played without anyone. The Slovenian handled things well in those moments, even though the situation was quite tense.
“Without English clubs the Champions League is not the same, and no Super League would exist.
German clubs are in the same position as English clubs, but we didn’t have riots in Germany because no German clubs joined the Super League.
If Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund joined, you would see people on the streets, the same way as you saw them in England.
France is against. In Spain, out of 20 clubs in the La Liga, 18 are against.
When they moaned that they want their Super League – play your Super League. You are three, you can play your Super League. Nobody cares. Nobody wants them, football doesn’t want them”.