Bayern Munich has confirmed that they will not participate in the Super League.
Twelve teams from England, Spain, and Italy announced their participation in the new competition on Sunday, which is intended to compete with the existing Champions League.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge indicated in a statement that his club is not in favor of the plan, preferring instead a revamp of the Champions League.
“FC Bayern did not take part in the Super League’s preparation, “Rummenigge said the following. “We are persuaded that football’s existing framework provides a solid base.
“The Champions League reforms are welcomed by FC Bayern because we believe they are a necessary step in the growth of European football. The updated preliminary round will add to the competition’s enthusiasm and emotion.
“I do not think the Super League can fix European clubs’ financial issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Rather, all European clubs should work together to ensure that costs, especially player wages and agent fees, are brought into line with revenues in order to make European football more rational.”
Along with the 12 clubs already announced for the Super League, the competition is expected to add three more teams, bringing the total number of teams in the league to 15, with a maximum of five clubs qualifying per year.
No Bundesliga clubs are expected to participate, with Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig joining Bayern Munich in confirming their opposition to the Super League on Monday.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff issued a statement on Twitter saying, “We oppose all proposals to create a Super League.” Dortmund’s CEO, Hans Joachim Watzke, also said that his club is opposed to the plan.
UEFA reported on Monday that a revamped Champions League would begin in 2024, as clubs revealed their plans for a Super League.
To replace the group stage, the current format will see 36 teams compete in a single league format. Each team will play a total of ten games at home and away, with the top eight teams qualifying directly for the last 16, and those finishing ninth through 24th competing in two-legged play-offs to determine who else advances to the knockout stage.