A closer look at the proposed breakaway threatening European football

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England’s so-called ‘big six’ are threatening to break away to form a  European Super League.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the situation.

What has happened?

Manchester United and Chelsea are also reportedly involved
Manchester United and Chelsea are involved in breakaway plans (Ian Walton/PA)

Rumours of breakaway European leagues are not new. Why has this one emerged now?

Changes to the format of the Champions League are due to be announced on Monday
Changes to the format of the Champions League are due to be announced on Monday (Mike Egerton/PA)

What are the Champions League changes?

  • 36-team group stage
  • 10 group stage fixtures per team
  • One league replacing eight groups
  • Fixtures based on ‘Swiss model’ seeding system

The four extra places would be awarded as follows – one extra spot to the country ranked fifth in the UEFA co-efficient, currently France, the domestic champions with the best historical team co-efficient who do not qualify automatically for the group phase, and most controversially the two teams with the best historical co-efficient who have not qualified for the Champions League via domestic performance, but have done enough to qualify for the Europa League or the new Europa Conference League.

Matchdays would be spread across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings to maximise broadcast income. The proposals were approved by UEFA’s club competitions committee on Friday and expected to be rubber-stamped by the executive committee on Monday.

How would clubs benefit from this new Super League?

Reports suggest Arsenal would also be among the founding members
Arsenal are among the founding members of the new Super League (Nick Potts/PA)

What has been the reaction?

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