Hours after the controversial European Super League was announced by its founding members, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have openly rejected their invitation to join the league. Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke confirmed on Monday that both the clubs will stick with their decision to stay out of the ESL.
He said, “The members of the board of the European Club Association (ECA) got together for a virtual conference on Sunday evening and confirmed that the board decision of last Friday is still valid.”
Official: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke confirms that both BVB and Bayern reject the Super League plans and are sticking with the planned Champions League reform [bvb] pic.twitter.com/zCsj8A074f— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 19, 2021
The German clubs are backing UEFA’s ‘Swiss System” of the Champions League reformation, which involves the participation of 36 teams – 4 more than the current system. Watzke commented:
“This decision means that the clubs want to implement the planned reform of the UEFA Champions League. It was the clear opinion of the members of the ECA board that the plans to found a Super League were rejected. Both German clubs that are represented on the ECA Board, FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, represented 100 percent congruent views in all discussions.”
SkySports has reported that RB Leipzig will also follow the path taken by the fellow Germans and will reject the Super League. (via @iMiaSanMia)
After Borussia Dortmund statement, also RB Leipzig sources confirmed that they’ve no intention to join #SuperLeague in the next weeks, as SkyDE confirmed.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 19, 2021
BVB CEO Watzke also stated that “FC Bayern and B. Dortmund have 100% compatible views”, both against the #SuperLeague.
The Bundesliga’s ethics and morals haven’t died a painful death yet after all.