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Bayern Munich rejects Spiegel’s claims concerning Rummenigge and plans for a European Super League

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Bayern has issued a press release denying Spiegel’s report of Rummenigge’s allegedly betrayal of the ECA and plans to found a European Super League in conjunction with other elite clubs.

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Bayern Munich has wasted no time in responding to Spiegel’s explosive new report of the club’s part in efforts to found a European Super League. Within hours of the report, Bayern issued a statement to the media denying the report’s claims about Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s actions while head of the European Club Association (ECA) and the involvement of Bayern Munich in ongoing plans to create such a league.

The full statement in English (also posted in German) reads:

In its current issue no. 45 dated 3 November 2018, “Der Spiegel” magazine claims that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, as chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), had betrayed all medium-sized and smaller member clubs belonging to the ECA. “I absolutely and clearly reject this,” Rummenigge declared. “The vote in favour of the reform agreed between UEFA and the ECA was unanimous.” Neither he nor FC Bayern Munich have ever acted to the detriment of the ECA, Rummenigge stated.

FC Bayern is also unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League, also reported by “Der Spiegel”, nor has FC Bayern taken part in negotiations relating to such plans. FC Bayern is also unaware of why it is listed in a document quoted in this context by “Der Spiegel”.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “FC Bayern Munich stands by its membership of the Bundesliga and, as long as I am chairman of the board of FC Bayern, also by the club competitions organised jointly by UEFA and the ECA”.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.