12 European Soccer Clubs, Backed By JPMorgan Chase, Break From UEFA To Form Rival League

What Else Is Happening: The Super League has not attracted corporate sponsorship commitments yet, but it has attracted the anger of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who told a press conference earlier today that his government is “going to look at everything that we can do with the football authorities to make sure that this doesn't go ahead in the way that it's currently being proposed.”

French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron also chimed in his disapproval, saying this action “threatened the principle of sporting merit” while praising French soccer clubs for not being part of the Super League.

Reuters reported that UEFA held an emergency meeting today to discuss the impact that the Super League could have on its operations, particularly the UEFA Champions League competition. As of this writing, UEFA did not issue any statement related to the day’s discussions.

Over the years there has been talk of teams threatening to break away from UEFA to form rival leagues, but this marks the first time a threat became reality. UEFA has raised the possibility of legal action against the founding Super League clubs, warning they would be banned from participating in national competitions including England’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

FIFA, the sport’s world governing organization, issued a warning in January that it would not recognize a breakaway league and would ban any players in such a league from participating in the World Cup.

However, FIFA reacted to the news of the Super League with a more holistic tone, citing its "disapproval" of a "closed European breakaway league" without raising the specter of sanctions.

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