All day, I have seen people on Twitter and Pundits speak out against the Super League. The majority of us don’t want it, highlighting the disconnect these owners have with the fans.
🗣 “We demand that you drop your reckless plans.”— Fans Europe (FSE) (@FansEurope) April 16, 2021
✍️ Fans’ groups from clubs on the @ECAEurope Board have written an open letter to chairman Andrea Agnelli opposing #UCL reforms. FSE has signed the letter & fully supports their stance. #StopUCLReforms pic.twitter.com/lY7BQwu65L
I can’t help but think this is heavily instigated by the Glazer’s at Manchester United, Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, and FSG at Liverpool who all have interests in various American sporting franchises. They are trying to turn European football into an American-style league where participation and money are guaranteed.
Liverpool trade on You’ll Never Walk Alone, and clubs like Arsenal sell themselves as a family, community club. At the start of the pandemic, when The Gunners asked their players to take a pay cut, Mesut Ozil refused after they failed to give him assurances of where the money was going. The club leaked his decision to the media to make him out to be some kind of mercenary. Months later, the club made 55 staff members redundant, including their mascot Gunnersaurus and then activated Thomas Partey’s €50 million release clause on the last day of the transfer window.
These owners are motivated purely by money with no respect for the values and heritage of the historic sporting institutions they are privileged to own.
Gary Neville absolutely nails how everyone is feeling.
THE 12 BREAKAWAY CLUBS SO FAR
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Atlético Madrid
- Real Madrid
- AC Milan
The Super League Official Announcement
There’s a lot to unpack with that announcement.
First things first, they’ve got some nerve saying they look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA. Especially since they, alongside the Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga, released a statement earlier today, heavily condemning the news and threatening sanctions.
The arrogance of Florentino Pérez, Andrea Agnelli, and Joel Glazer telling us this is for the good of the game and will benefit the football pyramid is outright disgusting. If it goes ahead as they envision it, the Champions League will be finished, and these clubs will be making significantly more money than their domestic rivals. These 15 clubs will dominate their respective leagues for years to come destroying all competitiveness.
UEFA issued this statement in response to reports of the formation of a European Super League. pic.twitter.com/rOuGjhbRSu— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 18, 2021
The ramifications surrounding TV deals with Broadcasters will be financially devastating for clubs and leagues around Europe. If UEFA and FIFA stay true to their word and expel these clubs, Spanish football will struggle. Atlético, Barca & Real are the foundation of every TV deal La Liga does with broadcasters. With them gone, who will want to watch outside of Spain?
Serie A just signed a 3-year contract with CBS. AC, Inter, and Juve are three of the league’s biggest draws, and their absence could impact the deal. It’s great to see PSG, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund refuse to sign up. That could all change in the coming months, but I’m confident the Bundesliga clubs will stay strong. In Germany, all football decisions center around what’s best for the fans.
We will have to see how this develops in the coming days and how football’s governing bodies, the players, and managers respond.
I hope that April 18th, 2021, doesn’t go down as the day European football died.
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WHERE TO BET THE SUPER LEAGUE IN THE US
In the US, you will be able to legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana and Pennsylvania.