A series of football leaks revelations emerged in a German newspaper on Friday, including plans for a breakaway European Super League from 2021.
Published by German newspaper DER SPIEGEL, it’s the first of what they say will be a series of revelations “based on data from the Football Leaks platform.”
One of the headlines from the report, which will come as absolutely no surprise, is that “Man City and PSG systematically violated FIFA’s financial fair play rules for years” and that FIFA President Gianni Infantino, “secretly obstructed and torpedoed the work of his own regulators” having “buckled under pressure from Abu Dhabi and Qatar and allowed the clubs from Manchester and Paris to operate with virtual impunity.”
The leaked documents show that UEFA inspectors found Man City “had hidden 35 million euros in costs from UEFA,” and that some Abu Dhabi commercial deals were 80 per cent inflated.
There are set to be more reports in coming weeks, including a 60-minute documentary to be aired in Germany on Sunday. Positive doping tests of Champions League winners and tax avoidance of Premier League clubs are also on the agenda alongside these claims.
One document released on Friday claims that Liverpool are one of the “founders” of what would be a new European Super League to replace the Champions League.
And this, from Man City, is just shocking. They had negotiated a massively reduced penalty for FFP cheating. Then a Man City lawyer, learning of the death of a UEFA FFP official , emailed: "1 down, 6 to go."
Winning with class, eh? pic.twitter.com/dAPabq2WKc
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) November 2, 2018
Additional invitees are named as Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Roma and Lyon.
The 16 teams would contest the new league from 2021, and it’s claimed that Bayern Munich have even explored whether the team could withdraw from Bundesliga.
One of the journalists involved in the football leaks reports, explains that more than 70 million documents and 80 journalists from 15 media houses conducted eight months of research.
This will be very interesting to watch develop.