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Former England boss Eriksson issues plea to Super League clubs over plans

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has hit out at the 12 clubs pushing for a Super League and urged them to reconsider their plans.

The Swede believes the clubs – which include Eriksson’s former club Manchester City alongside their Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – should sit down with UEFA to negotiate a different way forward.

As things stand, the 12 clubs plan to start their only midweek European competition to de facto replace UEFA’s Champions League in a move that could transform the landscape of European football.

The plans have proven to be highly controversial with UEFA, FIFA, the Premier League, the British government and multiple football federations speaking out against the proposals.

Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson

They have now been joined by Eriksson, who told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme: “It’s nothing new because if you remember many, many years ago, it was talked about, creating a Super League and at that time, the Swedish president of UEFA Lennart Johansson, he saved European football, in my opinion, because he created the new Champions League.

“Before, the European Cup, as it was called, had only one team from every country in Europe, but Lennart Johansson and his people at UEFA, they started that England and Spain and Italy and so on could have four teams in the new Champions League, and that changed a lot.

“Now we are there again, but instead of creating a new Super League, go to the table, sit down and talk about how to make the Champions League of today better. That’s the way to do it.”

Eriksson is doubtful that the proposed European Super League will be processed as plans due to the scope of what they are attempting and the level of opposition.

The experienced former boss – who counts Roma, Benfica and Lazio among his former employers – added: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can see that something will happen and something will be changed.

“But that six, 12 teams in Europe, or 20 teams you’re taking about, would create their own league? I can’t see that. I can absolutely not see it and I strongly say, ‘No, don’t do it’ because that will take away the dream of football.

“[IFK] Gothenburg, a Swedish team, 30 years ago, they played a semi-final against Barcelona and they beat Barcelona in Gothenburg. People still talk about that game 30 years after because that was a highlight of Swedish football, beating Barcelona.

“Don’t take away that dream for everyone who loves football.”




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