Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin has said a European Super League is “a fiction” and “will not happen”.
In a joint interview with Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), Čeferin told the BBC that Europe’s leading clubs will remain part of Uefa, and that they shared a “similar” vision for the future of football.
Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Juventus, one of the clubs reported to be a potential founding member of the breakaway league in the recent Der Speigel investigation, supported Čeferin’s claims.
“I can confirm we have never seen, never discussed, never been involved in the creation of this document,” he said. “We are fully engaged with Uefa in shaping the game going forward.”
Čeferin also suggested Uefa had plans to redraw the European football landscape from 2024 but indicated that European competitions would remain meritocratic.
“We have some ideas. All I can say is that any Super League is out of the question. Participation stays. And everybody will have an opportunity to compete in every European competition.”
Of plans to launch a new third European competition to run alongside the Champions League and Europa league, Čeferin said: “It will be our duty to safeguard the great heritages of European football but on the other side I think we are very well aware that we have to safeguard markets, we have to think about upcoming markets.
“We have to think about Poland. We have to think about [countries like] Turkey, we have to think about Russia. Fans can rest assured that if we put our hands to making a new product it’s because we want to make sure that fans across Europe engage.”
Čeferin and Agnelli will meet the European commissioner for sport Tibor Navracsics in Brussels today.
“We want to show that our vision of the future of football is, let’s say, similar,” Čeferin said. “It’s not completely the same. We [Uefa and the ECA] have some disagreements from time to time, but we firmly believe in the European sports model together.
“We think that the Eur