Dons chairman expects court ruling to ‘change European football forever’

Cormack accused Scottish football of being ill-prepared for the European Court of Justice judgement.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack expects court ruling to ‘change European football forever’ SNS Group

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has revealed talks with “like-minded clubs” designed to continue access to European football as he claimed a court ruling was set to double the financial gap to Celtic and Rangers.

Cormack accused Scottish football of being ill-prepared for the European Court of Justice judgement, which he believes will pave the way for a European Super League.

The court’s grand chamber has ruled that UEFA and FIFA acted against EU competition law when blocking the formation of a European Super League in 2021 and then seeking to sanction the clubs involved.

The A22 group at the centre of the Super League proposal has now unveiled its new vision for both men’s and women’s football.

For the men’s game, this would see a three-tier league set-up featuring 64 teams playing at least 14 games each and, while there would be relegation and promotion into the competition, Cormack believes further change will come.

Cormack wrote on his X social media account: “This ruling will most likely change European football forever.”

He added of the A22 proposals: “This will be the Trojan horse towards a European Super League and ultimately cross border leagues, because when the biggest clubs leave their national leagues the commercial value for the remaining teams will plunge.

“Your board at Aberdeen FC has been expecting this decision for some time.

“Throughout our history, including this season’s group stages, the appetite for European football if anything has grown significantly.

“We are working with like-minded clubs across Europe to make sure we do our utmost to deliver European club competition with similarly competitive clubs, the absence of which will lead to double the current gap in finances versus Celtic and Rangers, who will be included in those 60 ranked teams.

“As usual, in Scotland, we have slept-walked our way into this without any discussion.”

Aberdeen featured in European group stage football this season for the first time in 16 years, qualifying for the Europa Conference League by way of their third-placed finish in the cinch Premiership and defeat in the Europa League play-offs.

Celtic qualified automatically for the Champions League and Rangers were in the play-offs but Scotland is in danger of losing its automatic place in future years amid the ranking system.

A new Champions League format is set to come into place next season which would see clubs play eight games in the group stage instead of six.

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