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‘European Super League KILLS football’: Papers across continent slam ‘war of rich’ after bombshell division announced

THE European Super League will KILL football.

That's the view of Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

But the rest of European's sporting papers have been equally blunt in their anger towards the proposed footballing shake-up.

Over the weekend, it emerged 12 European giants - including six Premier League teams - had agreed to join the breakaway league.

Manchester United, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are all involved in the plot.

Under the proposal, European domestic leagues would still be played, but it would be curtains for the Champions League.

Even then, the 'race for the top-four' in the Premier League would die off, with the European Super League's 15 founding members of the 20-team league immune from relegation.

Pundits were quick to have their say with United legend Gary Neville calling it 'criminal'.

Liverpool idol Jamie Carragher later called his former club 'an embarrassment'.

And as fans and pundits had their say, newspapers across Europe were also quick to vent their rage with some strong front pages.

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Italian publication Tuttosport led the way with a front page which read: "Are you crazy?

"The Super League will kill football."

French outlet L'Equipe slammed the 'war of the rich' after it emerged a huge £3.1billion fund was being formulated by the competition's organisers for the 15 founding clubs.

And Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy wrote: "Super League? Super NO."

As well as impacting the Champions League - and potentially the Europa League and Europa Conference League - the European Super League could have a major knock-on effect on domestic competitions.

As part of Project Big Picture there were proposals for the Premier League to be reduced to just 18 teams to help the 'Big Six' reduced what would become a very crowded schedule.

The Premier League’s 38-game season is already squeezed into a 34-week window and there would now be an extra 34 games for each of team to shoehorn in.

That could mean the League Cup could also be scrapped.

Gary Neville gives impassioned rant about greedy Big 6 and The European Super League

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