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PremierLeague-News.Com - Former Roma chief Jim Palotta has spoken out against plans for a European Super League that could limit continental chances for the likes of Aston Villa
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Former Roma chief Jim Palotta has criticised the idea of a European Super League and believes it would limit the success clubs like Aston Villa would be able to achieve. Plans to revolutionise the Premier League emerged last year, with Liverpool and Manchester United said to be leading ‘Project Big Picture’. The plans would have given nine Premier League clubs unprecedented power over their rivals and would have led to a reduced domestic calendar to allow the so-called Big Six to take part in more lucrative European fixtures and for a ‘Super League’ to possibly be formed. Villa, who have been in contention to gatecrash the European places this season, wouldn’t initially have access to the Super League under the current proposals. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Neither would Leicester City, who are on course to qualify for the Champions League sitting third place in the table. The plans would mean the Premier League couldn’t automatically guarantee qualification to the biggest and best European competition based on final league position. And Palotta, who was the co-owner and chairman of Roma up until last year, says the concept would create a bigger gap between the elite sides and other clubs. “On the one side of it the TV money is going to be great,” Palotta told The Athletic. “But I’ll go back to cultural. You’ve had 100 years of town versus town and region versus region. “It would be sad in some ways because (domestic football) would be less competitive over time, these kinds of teams (the 'super clubs') are going to have much, much more money playing against each other.” Be smart.
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Palotta used Liverpool as an example of why big clubs might support a Super League, adding: “When you look at the Liverpools of the world and stuff, I think it’s coming from a point of view of money and value of the team and what it might be worth to potentially sell it, versus football. “And I’m not trying to pick on (Liverpool owner) John Henry, specifically. But I do think there are people who’ve come from other places and it’s a different thing.” The Premier League has always been against the idea of its elite clubs forming alliances with super-powers from around Europe and that is still the case. The League's chief executive Richard Masters spoke out against plans to form a Super League in February, saying that qualification would remain the same as it is. “The key bit is about access and qualification,” Masters said. “Any Super League proposal that I’ve read about and heard about doesn’t have access via domestic leagues. If it does, it’s at the bottom end of the pyramid. That would be destructive to the value of domestic football across Europe, not just the Premier League. “It’s much better that European reforms come up with the right answers, through the right channels.”
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