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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Real Madrid and Barcelona wanted to damage the Premier League with Super League plans

According to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s intention to create the Super League stemmed from their desire to ‘harm’ the Premier League.

As clubs anticipate a verdict from the European Court of Justice this week regarding the failed breakaway, the former CEO of Bayern Munich dismissed any worries about the potential resurgence of a plan that crumbled within days of its announcement in April 2021.

Rummenigge was adamant that the concept had no future, telling La Gazzetta Dello Sport: “It’s not going to go anywhere. English, German and French teams will never take part. Then Real Madrid and Barcelona can play the tournament by themselves”

“Serie A would become Serie B and the Bundesliga the second division. And do you know why all this? To damage the Premier League which earns more simply because it is better. Especially the Spanish clubs – they wanted to damage it [the Premier League] so they invented this tournament.”

The introduction of the Super League triggered widespread protests from fans, clubs, as well as sporting and government institutions. The peculiar launch took place on a Sunday night in April 2021.

In response to the public outcry, the six Premier League teams promptly declared their withdrawal from the initiative, with Atletico Madrid and both Milan clubs subsequently doing the same.

Despite the apparent demise of the concept, Barcelona and Real Madrid have persisted in keeping alive the prospect of a breakaway European competition against all odds.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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