One of the questions on Sunday night when the new European Super League was announced was why there were any teams from France or Germany involved
Clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich were not part of the 12 teams that have so far been announced as the founders of the new Super League, with both clubs refusing to take part in the big project.
The reason why PSG refused to be part of the Super League is political. The club is owned by Qatar Sports Investments and is managed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Al-Khelaifi and the government owned QSI has strong ties with UEFA and FIFA. Their TV station BeIN Sports owns the rights to broadcast the Champions League while Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.
UEFA and FIFA have expressed their opposition to the new Super League with Al-Khelaifi having a good relationship with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
There are rumors that Al-Khelaifi will be the next president of the European Clubs Association (ECA) after Juventus president Andrea Agnelli resigned to join the Super League.
The French newspaper L’Equipe published on its front page the differences between French and German clubs and the rest of Europe with the headline “War of the Riches”.
Germany’s situation is different from PSG’s. German clubs are controlled by their fans so it is not possible for them to join the Super League as fans hate the idea of the Super League.
Borussia Dortmund president Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that his club and Bayern Munich have turned down an offer to join the Super League. He says they want the Champions League to be reorganized instead.