How the '50+1 rule' made sure German clubs didn't join the breakaway league
Arsene Wenger saw it coming. 'Maybe in 10 years,' he told The Guardian in 2009, 'you will have a European league. The way we are going financially is that even the money that will be coming in from the Champions League will not be enough for some clubs.'
What Wenger predicted back then was reality on Sunday after his former club Arsenal became one of the 12 founding members of a Super League, an announcement that has triggered a crisis in European football. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are the other teams.
German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are the notable absentees from the list, along with French heavyweights Paris St Germain.