Bayern Munich are considering withdrawing from the G-14 group, because they doubt that th egroup is benefitting eitehr the clubs or indeed the game as a whole.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chairman, said clubs from Spain, Italy and England were looking out only for themselves in a sport ruled by “selfishness”.
Rummenigge also complained that the growining financial disparity between German clubs and those from Spain, Italy and England, meant that the Bundesliga outfits could no longer compete in Europe.
“We will consider whether it makes any sense to stay on in the G-14,” Rummenigge said.
“We don’t feel like paying an annual subscription for just sitting around and talking about things when nothing comes out of it.
“I doubt whether the G-14 is meaningful any longer. I find that too little is happening. There is no communication with FIFA or UEFA.”
Bayern were one of the founder members of the G-14, which was convened to promote the interests of Europe’s top clubs, particularly over issues such as television revenue.
“The clubs in the G-14 only have themselves in mind,” Rummenigge said when quizzed about Real Madrid and their president Ramon Calderon.
“I’ll say it in no uncertain terms: Calderon and his colleagues are single combatants, as are the Italians and the English,” he added. In football it is pure selfishness that rules. There is little common ground among the clubs.
“I dare say that in the next 10 years you won’t see a German club in the final of a European competition,” he said.
“What Werder Bremen have achieved against Barcelona and Chelsea in the Champions League is a miracle. If they make it past Barcelona it will be the eighth wonder of the world.
“Bremen received 23 million euros from TV, while Barcelona got 143 million euros. I hope the European Union puts a stop to these excesses of (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich and foreign television.”