Monday, April 19, 2021

The War Against the Everyman Sport

Football has been thrown into turmoil after Sunday’s announcement on the formation of the European Super League. 

Six traitorous English clubs alongside three each from Italy and Spain make up the 12 founding members who are launching capitalism’s contumelious conspiracy to dismember and gut European football. 

Besides the twelve rebels, three unnamed clubs are expected to join soon, as well as five sides who qualify annually according to their domestic achievements. Already, they're planning to begin the new competition as early as this August.

Simply put, the European Super League is a power grab. It is nothing more than an avarice-prompted project, a money-driven venture and a 20-team midweek competition that would effectively supplant the Champions League and the domestic leagues. It’s not difficult to understand the organizers’ motivation because it is said that the breakaway league is worth €6 billion (£5.2 billion). 

It is not just football fans who are repulsed by the rapacious ruse – but there’s been robust resistance from football officials including the Premier League, the FA and UEFA.

UK newspapers declared their obstreperous opposition against England’s “shameless six” – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – whom they deemed to have committed a “criminal act against fans”. 

The Italian clubs involved in this nefarious scheme are AC Milan, FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC. And the plotters from Spain are Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF. 

Multiple sources told the Guardian that the Juventus chairperson, Andrea Agnelli, was a key player, supported in particular by the Premier League clubs with American owners – Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United – and Spain’s big three.

Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly denounced the decision of "relentless and greedy" US-based owner Fenway Sports Group, stating “Our football club is ours”! 

UEFA had described the plot as a “cynical project founded on the self-interest of a few clubs”. Their statement, which was also signed by the Premier League, the Football Association and their counterparts in Spain and Italy, reiterated the threat to ban any players involved from “any competition at domestic, European or world level”. 

FIFA, the world game’s governing body, said they “can only express (their) disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures”. 

The Premier League condemned the treacherous move, saying it “attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid. Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European super league would destroy this dream”. 

As UEFA rightfully said: “Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way”.

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