Twelve of Europe’s self proclaimed “leading clubs” recently announced they were forming a European Super League. Understandably, backlash has been immense and many clubs, players, fans and pundits have publicly denounced the league. Before today, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund had both already publicly rejected intentions to join the league. And now, Bayern Munich have officially joined them, per Bayern’s official website.
Club president Herbert Hainer said this: “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.”
This clear statement is very refreshing from Bayern. While CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has long been seen as a proponent of a “Super League”, this statement unequivocally showcases Bayern’s intentions. The club are on the right side of this battle, and clubs like Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid could learn a thing or two from Bayern about morals and fan involvement at clubs. Seeing the German teams so brilliantly reject the European Super League, really makes one wonder why one would ever have doubted the Bundesliga’s famed 50+1 rule.
Karl Heinz Rummenigge: “For FC Bayern, the Champions League is the best club competition in the world.”
And who are we to disagree...
FC Bayern says no to the Super League.— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) April 20, 2021