OREANDA-NEWS. Petersburg "Zenith" received an offer to participate in the Super League, but the tournament management did not wait for a response from the Russian club.

The Super League was announced on Monday night. At the moment it is known that 12 top clubs from England, Italy and Spain will become its participants.

“The only Russian club with a potentially powerful sponsor that was interesting to the Super League (just at the expense of the sponsor) is“ Zenith. ”But the sponsor of“ Zenith ”is the sponsor of the Champions League and UEFA. no action came, "journalist Vasily Konov wrote in his Telegram channel.

Talks about the creation of the Super League have been going on for a long time, the substantive part of them appeared after the resumption of the last season interrupted by the pandemic.

The reasons for the creation of the new tournament are cited by the participants as "the increased instability of the economic model of European football due to the pandemic", "the increase in the quality and intensity of existing European club competitions" and "the opportunity for the best clubs and players to constantly compete with each other."

It is expected that compared to the existing European Cup tournaments, the income of the participants will increase significantly thanks to the mechanism of unlimited solidarity payments. Revenues for the first period are estimated to exceed 10 billion euros (904.7 billion rubles). Also, the founding clubs will receive 3.5 billion euros (316.7 billion rubles) as bonus investment support and compensation for losses due to the pandemic.

The first Super League season is expected to begin in August 2021.