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European Super League organisers set for new UEFA meeting

Toby Cudworth
Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona want to push ahead with a European Super League
Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona want to push ahead with a European Super League / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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A22 Sports Management, the company behind the failed European Super League, are to meet with UEFA on Tuesday.

The idea of a breakaway European Super League was first floated in April 2021, when Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid proposed breaking away from UEFA's Champions League to start a closed-door rival competition.

Fan backlash from all over the world soon scuppered the plans though, and it didn't take long for the majority of clubs to back away from the idea and apologise for their participation in the attempted coup.

The doomed idea is still backed by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus - with all three clubs insisting that UEFA's governance of European football is not fit for purpose - and they are currently engaged in a legal battle awaiting a ruling on that notion.

In the meantime, The Athletic report that newly appointed A22 chief executive Bernd Reichart will meet with UEFA on Tuesday, after sending a letter of correspondence last month requesting new talks about the future of football.

Reichart remains committed to relaunching the European Super League - hopefully within the next three years - and recently told PA about a potential 2024/25 season start: "That might be the first reasonable and realistic call but there are so many variables that I can’t actually foresee. That is probably the first realistic call."

"We want to see whether or not there is broader consensus about the problems facing European football," he added to the Financial Times. "The game we all love will benefit from honest and open dialogue, free of constraints, about a brighter future through serious reform."

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