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An email from Liverpool’s chief executive Billy Hogan to the club’s staff addressing the new European Super League has been leaked. Liverpool are one of the 12 founding members of the breakaway competition, alongside Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
A copy of the email has been obtained by the Athletic, with Liverpool calling the European Super League “the future of European football” and claiming that they need to be part of it if they want to “continue winning trophies”.
It was also explained that Liverpool hold “longstanding concerns about not only the future of European football but also the way football is run by UEFA”.
The email reads: “Dear Colleagues,
“You will be aware of the announcement published late last night regarding Europe’s leading football Clubs coming together to establish a new mid-week competition, the European Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.
“It’s important as a member of our team that I share with you some of the context.
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“For quite some time now, Clubs, including our own, have held numerous longstanding concerns about not only the future of European football but also the way football is run by UEFA.
“The global pandemic has also accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model.
“We have therefore joined AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur as Founding Clubs of the Super League.
“It is anticipated that a further three Clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
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“The Super League will be the future of European football and if we want to continue our journey of being a sustainable Club with ambition to grow and continue winning trophies then we should absolutely be part of that process and have a seat at the table rather than outside that group.
“The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues.
“These solidarity payments are expected to be roughly three times what is currently achieved from UEFA competitions.
“One of the core commitments of the European Super League is to vastly increase financial support for the football pyramid.
“After the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game.
“We know that this announcement has provoked strong feelings within the game and elsewhere but we believe this decision is in the best long-term interests of Liverpool Football Club.
“Importantly, this is the beginning of the journey and we can now start an engagement process with you, supporters and key stakeholders to help shape this process in the right way.
“There is still much more information to come in due course.
“I will keep you updated as we progress on this journey and discuss further on our Town Hall tomorrow.
“Thank you for your continued support.”
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