Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has joined those condemning the European Super League after his club refused to sign on the dotted line.
The new breakaway competition would rival the Champions League and threaten the domestic calendar. Six Premier League clubs to have signed up to the tournament, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
However, there has been much backlash towards the announcement of the league. It seems to have more critics than proponents.
And Rummenigge appeared to aim a veiled dig at those involved by stating Bayern’s loyalty to German football.
He said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to make it explicitly clear that FC Bayern will not be taking part in the Super League.
“FC Bayern stands in solidarity with the Bundesliga. It always was and is a great pleasure for us to be able to play and represent Germany in the Champions League.
“We all remember fondly our 2020 Champions League victory in Lisbon – you don’t forget such a joyful moment. For FC Bayern, the Champions League is the best club competition in the world.”
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer added: “Our members and fans reject a Super League.
“As FC Bayern, it is our wish and our aim that European clubs live the wonderful and emotional competition that is the Champions League, and develop it together with UEFA.
“FC Bayern says no to the Super League.”
Pep takes issues with ESL format
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has admitted he is “uncomfortable” speaking about the European Super League but took issue with some of the concepts related to it.
Managers of the teams involved are in a difficult situation now. Many are being asked about matters of which they have little knowledge.
Guardiola was the latest to speak up at his pre-match press conference for City‘s league match against Aston Villa on Wednesday. He admitted he is still unaware of the full details.
Asked when he found out about the proposals, he said: “A few hours before the statement was released, I think like my other colleagues. They told me there was going to be a statement released.
“The statement is still there but no one speaks clearly with more details what is going to happen. We are still in this position.
“It is uncomfortable for us because we don’t have all the information. Once we have all the information I will give my opinion.
“I can give you my opinion on what I know today but I don’t know more, that is the reality. There is just a statement and no more than that.”
In his candid response, Guardiola criticised the principles of there being no promotion or relegation in the league.
He added: “At the same time that I said don’t have all the information I have some information. If you ask me about these teams that have been selected for this hypothetical competition in the future, I don’t know the reason why.
“Sport? It is not sport when the relation between effort and success and reward doesn’t exist. It is not a sport.”