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Cary Erickson | 08 November, 2018, 22:49

The Association of European Leagues has pledged its allegiance to UEFA in opposition to the creation of a European Super League for the continent's biggest clubs.

It proposed having 16 teams - the founders Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, AC Milan, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal and the invited teams Atletico Madrid, Roma, Inter, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.

It has also been reported that a new league would be thrown out under European law over current competition laws in each country.

Key Capital Partners and Real Madrid have not commented on the report while the European Club Association, which represents more than 200 European clubs, has said it was not aware of discussions by clubs to develop a break-away league.

The European Leagues group (EL), representing 25 domestic leagues including England's Premier League, Germany's Bundesliga and Spain's La Liga, voiced "strong opposition" to any such plan yesterday.

'Domestic football is at the heart of the game throughout Europe for all football stakeholders: players, clubs, leagues, national associations and, more importantly, fans.

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German magazine "Der Spiegel" has claimed that talks had reached an advanced stage over a competition that could start as early as 2021, but it is understood that United, as well as Arsenal, have been resisting such a radical change.

"FC Bayern is unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League, also reported by Der Spiegel, nor has FC Bayern taken part in negotiations relating to such plans", a statement read.

It said it "fully supported" European football body Uefa in the organisation of the Champions League and Europa League and "shares with Uefa the common principle of protecting and enhancing competitive balance in European football".

Speaking to Sky, Rummenigge suggested the club could consider legal action.

"That would be the general approach we would follow, but of course lawyers can debate this for a long time".

"I can only say the whole article has a tabloid style, containing half-truths and untruths, which do not correspond to the facts".