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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (left) dribbles past AC Milan player Diogo Dalot (right)Juventus and AC Milan have signed up to the breakaway league plans

Senior Uefa figures are furious that 11 major European clubs, including five from England, have signed up to a breakaway European Super League.

BBC Sport was told last week of plans for some sort of confirmation about a European Super League.

Uefa hoped to head off plans with a new-look 36-team Champions League set to be confirmed on Monday.

Uefa said it will use "all measures available" to stop the "cynical project" of a breakaway Super League.

The European governing body released a joint statement together with the English Football Association, Premier League Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), La Liga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as well as Serie A on Sunday.

They said they will "remain united" in trying to stop the breakaway, using both judicial and sporting measures if required.

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They also reiterated Fifa's stance that players taking part in the Super League would be banned from all other competitions at domestic, European or world level and could be prevented from representing their national teams.

In a separate statement, the Premier League said it condemned the proposal as it "attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart" of domestic and European football.

Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis would all have had a significant input into the Champions League discussions on Friday.

However, it appears those clubs are among those to have broken ranks, to the fury of Uefa, whose president Aleksander Ceferin wanted to stave off a Super League threat.

Spanish La Liga sides Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are also part of the 11-team group, as are Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.

None of the clubs concerned have responded to questions about the proposals.

The Premier League said a European Super League would "destroy" the dream of fans that "their team may climb to the top and play against the best".

It added such a league would "undermine the appeal of the whole game" and that they would work with the FA, the English Football League, Professional Footballers' Association, League Managers Association and fans to "defend the integrity and future prospects of English football".

The FA said it will "not provide permission to any competition that would be damaging to English football" and will "take any legal and/or regulatory action necessary" to stop it.

Bundesliga sides are opposed to the plans because the German model means commercial investors cannot have more than a 49% stake in clubs, so fans hold a majority of their own voting rights.

It is understood French Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain are not part of the 11-team group.

Uefa said it thanked "those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up" to the breakaway league.

"We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced," they added.

"This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough."

Quite when the European Super League would start is unclear.

However, world governing body Fifa has already said it would not recognise such a competition and any players involved in it would be denied the chance to play at a World Cup.

Serie A have called an emergency board meeting to discuss the matter.

The Football Supporters' Association said it is "totally opposed" to the plans, which it said were "motivated by nothing but cynical greed".

They added: "This competition is being created behind our backs by billionaire club owners who have zero regard for the game's traditions and continue to treat football as their personal fiefdom."

It has been agreed the new-look Champions League will involve an initial phase where every club plays 10 matches each rather than the current group phase.

In addition there would be play-offs, followed by a knockout phase.

The most controversial aspect of the proposals surround the allocation of the four additional places, with two being reserved for the clubs ranked highest in Uefa's co-efficient table who fail to qualify for the Champions League through their domestic competition, but do secure some kind of European football.

At the moment, Liverpool and Chelsea would be the clubs who benefited from that system if it was in place this season.

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Comment posted by Mr Filton, today at 16:59Mr Filton

16:59Absolutely disgraceful behaviour from greedy owners who are going to ruin the league we know and love! Been a utd fan for 30 years and appaled by this announcement76654P

Reply posted by patthemad, today at 17:04patthemad

17:04to Mr Filton"Absolutely disgraceful behaviour from greedy owners who are going to ruin the league we know and love! Been a utd fan for 30 years and appaled by this announcement"patthemad replied: I agree completely and it just shows how Investors/Chairman really think about the fans that have made these clubs.
You must remember though the Kerry Packer affair in cricket was exactly the same.25513More replies (68)downD

Comment posted by Dave Lister, today at 17:01Dave Lister

17:01There are at least 100 professional clubs in England spanning from the Premier League down to the National League. If they want to be in a European Super League let them, just kick them out of the English football pyramid in the process! No longer welcome.67518S

Reply posted by sarah, today at 17:12sarah

17:12to Dave Lister"There are at least 100 professional clubs in England spanning from the Premier League down to the National League. If they want to be in a European Super League let them, just kick them out of the English football pyramid in the process! No longer welcome."sarah replied: And you can sit in your living room and watch all the players that weren’t good enough to play for those clubs55428More replies (58)downM

Comment posted by magnoliacelebration, today at 16:58magnoliacelebration

16:58Pure greed. Kick them out the league49924B

Reply posted by bobby smith, today at 17:00bobby smith

17:00to magnoliacelebration"Pure greed. Kick them out the league"bobby smith replied: Money money money money that’s all it is2217More replies (16)downD

Comment posted by doctorkmt, today at 17:03doctorkmt

17:03Screw them. All about the money. Go local. Go lower League4119M

Reply posted by m16, today at 17:05m16

17:05to doctorkmt"Screw them. All about the money. Go local. Go lower League"m16 replied: Going to hell in a hand cart702More replies (13)downW

Comment posted by Wee Brian, today at 16:59Wee Brian

16:59The teams entering this joke competition should be banned from every other competition forever. They are a disgrace. I can’t stand any of them.40628M

Reply posted by Mic, today at 17:09Mic

17:09to Wee Brian"The teams entering this joke competition should be banned from every other competition forever. They are a disgrace. I can’t stand any of them."Mic replied: Are you ok with City winning everything year after year as they are funded by a country whilst other clubs are paid for by fans & corporations! PSG are the same. So its ok for them to cheat their way to trophies but not for other teams to see a way of competing financially with them? I thought VAR was killing the game i now realise its everyone133245More replies (47)downB

Comment posted by bbcisadilhole , today at 17:05bbcisadilhole

17:05Reap what you sow Uefa. They started the greed culture with the obscene champions league money and repeatedly pandering to the richest leagues with regard to number of entrants, the stage they entered the competition at etc. Really disappointed in these clubs though3045G

Reply posted by Gerry1967, today at 17:11Gerry1967

17:11to bbcisadilhole "Reap what you sow Uefa. They started the greed culture with the obscene champions league money and repeatedly pandering to the richest leagues with regard to number of entrants, the stage they entered the competition at etc. Really disappointed in these clubs though"Gerry1967 replied: Exactly sir,well said.742More replies (6)downS

Comment posted by Sir Shep, today at 17:01Sir Shep

17:01Stuff the domestic fans, cater to the plastics. Pathetic and embarrassing, hopefully those who participate will be kicked out of the league.24311N

Reply posted by Nemesis86, today at 17:15Nemesis86

17:15to Sir Shep"Stuff the domestic fans, cater to the plastics. Pathetic and embarrassing, hopefully those who participate will be kicked out of the league."Nemesis86 replied: Who are the plastics ?1556More replies (20)downT

Comment posted by TheMiller, today at 17:01TheMiller

17:01An absolute disgrace. Everything I love about the beautiful game about to be ripped up. The sport that is the basis of many of my friendships, the sport that’s been a central part of my life and it’s about to be ripped up in front of our eyes. I hope fans turn on this, and I’d love to see the EPL kick these clubs out but money talks and sadly us fans will be ignored. The beautiful game is dead.21714C

Reply posted by charlie chestnut, today at 17:09charlie chestnut

17:09to TheMiller"An absolute disgrace. Everything I love about the beautiful game about to be ripped up. The sport that is the basis of many of my friendships, the sport that’s been a central part of my life and it’s about to be ripped up in front of our eyes. I hope fans turn on this, and I’d love to see the EPL kick these clubs out but money talks and sadly us fans will be ignored. The beautiful game is dead."charlie chestnut replied: Kick them out and they’ve just lost the worlds interest nobody wants to see Burnley vs palace in a title decider!43182More replies (25)downB

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Comment posted by biasmoderation, today at 17:01biasmoderation

17:01Just let ‘m all go, ban the clubs from ever returning to domestic leagues and all players from all international competition.2036L

Reply posted by Leaguefan, today at 17:09Leaguefan

17:09to biasmoderation"Just let ‘m all go, ban the clubs from ever returning to domestic leagues and all players from all international competition."Leaguefan replied: And the consequences?
You haven’t progressed what probably will happen.1266More replies (9)downK

Comment posted by Kenny Morris, today at 17:04Kenny Morris

17:04Let the English teams leave.If they leave they leave ,no second team in the Premier League or EFL ,no FA Cup or League Cup entry. They must sever all ties and good riddance ,just pure greed.1989S

Reply posted by sPaulinit, today at 17:21sPaulinit

17:21to Kenny Morris"Let the English teams leave.If they leave they leave ,no second team in the Premier League or EFL ,no FA Cup or League Cup entry. They must sever all ties and good riddance ,just pure greed."sPaulinit replied: If UEFA stay against it, they wouldn’t allow the players to play for their country either.702More replies (8)downM

Comment posted by modpie, today at 17:05modpie

17:05Could be the best thing that’s happened to the game. Expel the clubs taking part from the national leagues, get rid of var and let’s get back to the passionate, dynamic, meritocratic game we used to know.16812B

Reply posted by Bellabroonzy, today at 17:20Bellabroonzy

17:20to modpie"Could be the best thing that’s happened to the game. Expel the clubs taking part from the national leagues, get rid of var and let’s get back to the passionate, dynamic, meritocratic game we used to know."Bellabroonzy replied: If the breakaway teams were expelled from the EPL, then perhaps we would see more English players in the top tier, therefore a better and more enthusiastic international team?885More replies (4)downP

Comment posted by Phoenix, today at 16:59Phoenix

16:59Pure greed, no more, no less1367M

Reply posted by Mic, today at 17:15Mic

17:15to Phoenix"Pure greed, no more, no less"Mic replied: Sorry what team do you support! its not city is it? City & PSG are funded by countries whose pockets are filled by that countries banking system, is that not greed! No other club can compete with them when buying players so prices to buy a mediocre player go through the roof, if you are happy to see City & PSG win everything then yes call it greed, if you think we need to compete then superleague!21105More replies (9)downR

Comment posted by Robert Hutt, today at 17:01Robert Hutt

17:01GREED. be happy to see the “big” six leave the PL. disgraceful. no one wants it.1135L

Reply posted by Leaguefan, today at 17:11Leaguefan

17:11to Robert Hutt"GREED. be happy to see the “big” six leave the PL. disgraceful. no one wants it."Leaguefan replied: They do and that’s the point plus there’s lots of 💶💶💶💷💷💷🤑🤑🤑 to be made from GLOBAL media.1516More replies (6)downS

Comment posted by Socrates1982, today at 16:59Socrates1982

16:59Who are the 5 English teams?? My money 💰 is on West Brom, Fulham, Brighton, Burnley & Sheffield United 😳1137M

Reply posted by Mark, today at 17:14Mark

17:14to Socrates1982"Who are the 5 English teams?? My money 💰 is on West Brom, Fulham, Brighton, Burnley & Sheffield United 😳"Mark replied: according to SKY…Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs….1620More replies (30)downD

Comment posted by dave b, today at 17:01dave b

17:01Kick them out the premier league now.Sick of these clubs disregarding what football fans want…..Pure greed,will ruin the league pyramid and make football a closed shop for the few….1065L

Reply posted by Leaguefan, today at 17:16Leaguefan

17:16to dave b"Kick them out the premier league now.Sick of these clubs disregarding what football fans want…..Pure greed,will ruin the league pyramid and make football a closed shop for the few…."Leaguefan replied: They are supplying what football fans want GLOBALLY!
You just cannot see it.1796More replies (13)downK

Comment posted by ken, today at 17:00ken

17:00Totally agree kick them out of league completely if they join up. Should even be fined for suggesting it.847A

Reply posted by awd4, today at 17:40awd4

17:40to ken"Totally agree kick them out of league completely if they join up. Should even be fined for suggesting it."awd4 replied: Have brought the game into disrepute.162D

Comment posted by DR1, today at 17:02DR1

17:02Pure Greed. That being said will be able to save money cancelling my BT Sport subscription and enjoy watching my beloved Norwich in a much more competitive english league. Cheerio815N

Reply posted by Nemesis86, today at 17:06Nemesis86

17:06to DR1"Pure Greed. That being said will be able to save money cancelling my BT Sport subscription and enjoy watching my beloved Norwich in a much more competitive english league. Cheerio"Nemesis86 replied: Enjoy your £100m parachute payments1141More replies (2)downP

Comment posted by P Wardle, today at 17:02P Wardle

17:02If such proposals gain traction then in simple terms fans should boycott games and not subscribe to channels showing such games. Wouldn’t last long that way652L

Reply posted by Leaguefan, today at 17:06Leaguefan

17:06to P Wardle"If such proposals gain traction then in simple terms fans should boycott games and not subscribe to channels showing such games. Wouldn’t last long that way"Leaguefan replied: They won’t and it’s a GLOBAL audience who will not “boycott” it.2525More replies (9)downR

Comment posted by revies aces, today at 17:00revies aces

17:00Show some guts and kick the English clubs out of the Premier League even if it means a reduced TV contract- their fans would soon tell them to drop the idea and if they didn’t good riddance.685W

Reply posted by Willie S, today at 17:07Willie S

17:07to revies aces"Show some guts and kick the English clubs out of the Premier League even if it means a reduced TV contract- their fans would soon tell them to drop the idea and if they didn’t good riddance."Willie S replied: UEFA may take the opportunity to reduce the English clubs to two.142More replies (6)downH

Comment posted by Harry Boyle, today at 17:04Harry Boyle

17:04I do like the Premier League quote:

That a “European Super League would “destroy” the dream of fans that “their team may climb to the top and play against the best””

Since when did the Premier League give a hoot about the fans!?!544C

Reply posted by C and A, today at 17:44C and A

17:44to Harry Boyle"I do like the Premier League quote:That a “European Super League would “destroy” the dream of fans that “their team may climb to the top and play against the best””Since when did the Premier League give a hoot about the fans!?!"C and A replied: They certainly didn’t care in 1992 when they led a similar breakaway from the Football League that led to the PL200More replies (1)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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