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Bayern Munich were not interested in joining Super League, club president says

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Bayern Munich had no interest in joining the flopped European Super League because the plan was not sustainable, club president Herbert Hainer has said.

Hainer also said he does not believe such a league will happen in the future.

Twelve clubs from England, Italy and Spain had originally announced a breakaway closed Super League in April.

But nine of them, including all six from England, withdrew just days later after outrage from leagues, federations, other clubs, fans and politicians.

Five-time European champions Bayern Munich were not part of the original 12 but Hainer said it appeared they were among those to be invited to join which however was no option for them.

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“It was clear for us: the Super League can not happen in Europe in such a way. Therefore, we said that rather quickly we won’t be part of it,” Hainer said.

“I believe the nature of football was misunderstood and the power of the fans underestimated. And then it imploded within three days.”

Hainer said it was “absolutely right that what we cherish and love about football isn’t lost”.

He also expressed doubts that the remaining three clubs — Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus — can revive the concept which was supposed to generate huge income.

“The impact was too hard. And I also believe that the problems of the clubs that want the Super League have to be solved in a different way,” he said, referring to growing debts of European top clubs.

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“You have to get to the root of the problem: You just can’t spend more money than you earn. This requires regulation of player salaries, transfer fees and agent fees,” Hainer said.


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