Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr believes the domestic leagues' structures are facing a real ultimatum regarding the revelations of a breakaway super league.
The seismic news emerged on Sunday afternoon that six Premier League clubs have signed up to form a breakaway league with other European giants such as Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The English clubs in question are England's top six Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.
The forming of such a league would ultimately restructure the Champions League forever, and mean such teams would compete in their own league as opposed to their national domestic league.
Speaking to OTB Sports’ Stephen Doyle after commentating on Arsenal v Fulham, Kerr weighed in on the matter, calling it "a delicate situation".
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Brian Kerr gives his thoughts on the proposed Super League with the top Premier League teams | ⬇️
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"UEFA are over a barrel with those clubs saying that if you don’t go with what we want, we will go and do it ourselves," says Kerr.
“What UEFA cannot do is stop them having their own league and playing against each other. They can stop them from playing in their domestic tournaments. And their national league structure can stop them, the Premier League for instance could stop the clubs who are involved in this," says Kerr.
"For instance, if it was Arsenal, Spurs Liverpool, they could stop them from playing in the Premier League. But what would the Premier league look like without them? So it’s a very delicate situation for the Premier League," Kerr continued.
The Premier League has hit out at the plans for a breakaway European league, releasing the following statement and condemning the European Super League proposal...❌
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UEFA's statement states that it would completely ban the supposed super league team from competing in any of its own competitions – and would even consider banning players from representing their national teams.
"We just have to see what developments in the next week but it’s not a very nice situation for the domestic leagues. If the big teams are gonna go off and do their own thing," says Kerr.
"If you take PSG out of the French league, you take Juventus out of the Italian league, Inter and AC Milan etc. And then If you take five or six teams out of the Premier League what sort of league is that? You won’t have the same income, it won’t have the same strength in marketing it and TV rights," Kerr concluded.
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