Bayern chief Rummenigge believes Super League is ‘definitely over’

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the European Super League has failed for good despite some clubs clinging to the project.

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the European Super League has failed for good despite some clubs clinging to the project.

“The idea is definitely over. That was a warning shot,” he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

He said it had “perhaps even been a good thing” that the plans for the new closed league had caused widespread protest across the football world.

The businessmen running some of the clubs involved now understood “that football works a little differently to business,” Rummenigge added.

Of the 12 founding clubs of the Super League, nine have already indicated they will not go forward with the proposal but Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona have not yet announced plans to withdraw. Real president Florentino Perez has said clubs signed binding contracts.

Bayern were never involved and instead opted for UEFA’s expanded Champions League from 2024, which has 36 instead of 32 teams with each playing 10 instead of six group matches.

Rummenigge defended the reforms of the Champions League, which the likes of Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp have criticized for adding too many games to players’ already exhaustive schedules.

The Bayern chief said the changes achieved exactly the opposite outcome to the Super League.

“It will be much more difficult for the big team to prevail,” he said.

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