In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware of the fact that The European Super League was formally announced yesterday by the following 12 founding clubs: Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
It’s a decision that has rocked football and one that has, for the most part, created fury and anger that will be universal. There might be 1% of folks out there who think this could do absolute wonders for the future of the beautiful game but in reality, we all know this is going to create a monopoly that already seems to be spiralling out of control.
There’s just no easy way to explain how dreadful the situation is. Football was built by the working people and is all about the supporters who pour into stadiums week in and week out. Sure, they haven’t been able to do so for the last year courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing we’ve all been getting excited about is the prospect of getting back in there to cheer our beloved teams on.
From a pure merit standpoint alone this is a pretty hilarious group of clubs that have come together in every available sense of the word. City and Real can claim to be truly elite clubs, in our view, but the rest are about as inconsistent as it gets – especially this season. Tottenham and Arsenal being in there alone is one of the most bizarre decisions out of the entire thing, because neither team has done a thing to warrant their inclusion.
Then, we move on to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. These are two clubs that personify what it means to have a real passion for your team to the point where it feels like a religion. Now, the owners have turned around and issued one of the biggest slaps in the face we’ve ever seen to their fans.
This is an incredibly fluid situation and more news is coming out with every passing second, but let’s make one thing clear – we don’t care about the format and we certainly don’t care about who else could possibly be included unless the likes of Bayern Munich and PSG decide to abandon their principles and completely go back on their word.
What we care about is seeing the clubs involved being sanctioned in the manner that they should be.
It’s okay not to like what the Champions League is doing but to risk your place in your own domestic league for the sake of making some quick cash is just abhorrent.
Maybe this is the wake-up call needed for fans to be given the keys to the castle but in a world full of greed and capitalism, we can’t really picture that becoming a reality.
Football is never going to be the same again last night and while we hope this leads to an entire new reform within the sport, we aren’t holding our breath.