The Azerbaijan Football Federations Association (AFFA) voiced support this week to UEFA in a brawl that sparked between leading European football organization and the initiators of the new football (soccer) league in Europe, dubbed “Super League.”
According to a statement published on Tuesday, AFFA is in solidarity with UEFA and unanimously supports the organization’s position against what AFFA officials believe is a move that contains “separatism.”
“Azerbaijan Football Federations Association, the Professional Football League, and the clubs attending the Premier League of Azerbaijan are committed to all existing Charters and Regulations regulated by FIFA and UEFA, and unequivocally supports UEFA,” AFFA said in a statement.
Europe’s major football clubs have recently announced the creation of a breakaway football competition that may challenge the structures, economics, and relationships supervised by UEFA over nearly a century.
The founding participants of the new model of football league include Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Spain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in England, and Juventus, Inter Milan and A.C. Milan in Italy.
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world,” said Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, who was named the first chairman of what is touted as Super League, according to a report by the New York Times.
UEFA President Alexander Ceferin blasted the decision to launch a new competition apart from UEFA, portraying the European Super League plans as “disgraceful” and “a spit in the face for all football lovers.”
“We will take all the sanctions that we can. My opinion is that, as soon as possible, the players have to be banned from all our competitions. I cannot stress more strongly UEFA and the footballing world are united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposals we have seen, fueled purely by greed,” he said.
Twelve teams have so far agreed to play in the emerging Super League. However, officials at Germany’s Bayern Munich and French PSG football clubs joined the pro-UEFA camp in the simmering brawl. Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the initiated competition model damages European football. PSG’s President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has also announced his rejection of the all-new Super League.
The football authorities in Russia have also joined the UEFA-led campaign against the formation of a new league. The Russian Football Federation’s spokesperson Alexander Dyukov said this idea “contradicts the basic principles of not only of the football society but of the whole European society as well.”