According to an investigation by the “New York Times”, the Federation was aware of the project of a closed European league and had even participated in discussions with the clubs concerned.
But such a rapprochement alerted Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, who, for his part, was preparing a reform of the Champions League . During an emergency meeting with Gianni Infantino at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Ceferin reportedly asked his counterpart if he was involved in the “Dirty Twelve” plan as the British media have dubbed the clubs at the head of this project.
According to the daily, Infantino would have assured that he was not but, invited to officially mark his disapproval, he would have hesitated before, in front of the extent of the mobilization of supporters, leaders of unaffected clubs and politicians, to position yourself more clearly:“We can only strongly disapprove of the creation of the Super League. A Super League which is a closed competition. A break with the current institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA and FIFA. “ In the process, nine of the twelve clubs withdrew from the project (Real, Barcelona and Juventus have not renounced) and even presented their apologies to the fans.