European Super League RECAP: Scottish football and world reaction to bombshell breakaway plans

The news that 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs have signed up to a new breakaway competition has prompted a huge reaction across the world of football, both at home and abroad.

UEFA and football associations across the continent have been reacting to the proposed breakaway European Super League (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
UEFA and football associations across the continent have been reacting to the proposed breakaway European Super League (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Six clubs from the English Premier League – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – will join AC Milan Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid in the proposed new European Super League (ESL).

It is anticipated three more clubs will join the breakaway group as founding members with the new tournament, which will begin "as soon as practicable" to eventually feature 20 teams.

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After the bombshell plans emerged on Sunday afternoon condemnation was almost instant throughout the game, before the clubs released statements just before midnight.

What it means for Scottish football remains to be seen, but the proposed the new competition will be played in midweek with the eventual 15 founding members being joined by five qualifiers. It will be played initially in two groups of 10 with an eight-team knockout stage.

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The organisers claim it will generate more money than the Champions League and that will result in a greater distribution of revenue throughout the game, while critics say the move is being driven purely by money, would destroy domestic leagues and is against the integrity of the sport..

Scroll down for all the live breaking reaction from Scottish football and the rest of the world.

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European Super League RECAP

Key Events

  • 12 clubs sign up for new breakaway league
  • Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs & Man City involved
  • AC Milan, Inter, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid & Atletico Madrid also sign up
  • UEFA threatens to ban clubs from all competitions and players from internationals
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Good morning and welcome to the Scotsman blog where we will be covering all the live breaking reaction to the news that 12 major clubs have signed up for a new breakaway European Super League. What does it mean for Scottish football? Stick with us for in-depth analysis and comment on what is a seismic step for football.

McCoist ‘so against’ breakaway plans

Ally McCoist is against the idea of Celtic and Rangers taking part in the European Super League if given the chance to do so. "I'd be so against it,” he said on talkSPORT. “I just hate the principle of it, I really do. I think it's unfair.”

Hearts & Hibs players react

Hearts ace Liam Boyce has called plans for a European Super League “madness” while Hibs starlet Ethan Laidlaw also tweeted his reaction to the European Super League proposals.

Boris Johnson condemns move

Boris Johnson has condemned the six Premier League clubs who have agreed to join a breakaway European Super League, saying they “must answer to their fans” before going ahead with the “very damaging” change.

Gary Neville calls for sanctions

The Manchester United legend is certainly not backing his former club on this one calling for them and the other clubs involved to be deducted points, fined and placed under a transfer embargo.

Aston Villa slam ‘grotesque concept'

The European Super League (ESL) is a “grotesque concept” and goes against everything football stands for, says Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow.

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Herrera: 'Dreams are over’

Former Manchester United star Ander Herrera has spoken out against the proposals in a passionate statement on Twitter. The current PSG and Spain midfielder claims the clubs involved are “stealing” football from the fans

What does it mean for our game?

Here’s The Scotsman take on what the European Super League could mean for Celtic, Rangers and the rest of Scottish football

The billions behind the breakaway

The staggering cash figures involved in the proposed breakaway European Super League have been revealed with a €200-€300m welcome bonus awaiting each of the 12 clubs involved, provided by the league’s financial backers, JPMorgan, as part of a €3.25bn “infrastucture grant”. In Scottish football terms, money beyond the realms of comprehension!

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