Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have been named in an explosive leaked document detailing the formation of a European Super League.
The Premier League trio along with Manchester City and Liverpool , are said to be part of 11-side cartel plotting to quit the Champions League and go it alone by starting their own competition in 2021.
SunSport revealed how the big Premier League clubs met up in secret in London to discuss a breakaway European Super League
Football Leaks have released a leaked legal draft which claims a European Super League is being planned
SunSport revealed two years ago the bigwigs of the English clubs had met in secret in a London hotel to discuss their move.
United’s Ed Woodward, Chelsea chairma Bruce Buck, Ivan Gazidis of Arsenal, Liverpool’s Ian Ayre and City chief Ferra Soriano all met up at the Dorchester Hotel – and were captured in photos.
Now Football Leaks has published what they allege is a legal draft which lists the five English clubs as “Founders” in the new competition.
They claim it is due to be signed this month – and reveal alarming allegations about plans to change the face of European and domestic club football as we knew it.
Manchester United’s Ed Woodward joined the other four club heads at the secret meeting in 2016
City supremo Ferran Soriano and Liverpool’s Ian Ayre were snapped leaving the Dorchester Hotel in London
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are the other sides who are listed as “founders”.
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Inter Milan and Roma are also mentioned in the papers as “initial guests”.
The concept of a European Super League is nothing new – there has been the threa of a breakaway for the past two decades.
As the money involved in top level football continues to grow, so individual clubs have grown in power compared to the governing bodies.
Uefa have twice changed the structure o the Champions League in order to keep the wealthy giants on side.
But the apparent fact a legal understanding about a new league is supposed to be signed imminently brings a fresh challenge to the status quo in the game.
A series of documents have been published by Football Leaks, which has been behind a series of high profile contract revelations over the past few years.
German title Speigel has seen all the paperwork, and even claims that two years Bayern Munich sought legal advice on quitting the Bundesliga.
They suggest the German champions appointed lawyers to look into how they would break free from their domestic league in order to go it alone in Europe.
It is also alleged that at the time they were working alongside six other European clubs, with United and Arsenal among them.