There’s been an awful lot of noise surrounding the announcement of the new European Super League, but anyone who follows the ‘beautiful game’ can’t be in the least bit surprised.
Perhaps the timing could’ve been better, but then again, was there ever going to be a good time to parachute in the news that football as we know it was going to change definitively? That things would maybe change for the better, almost certainly for the worse for the majority of clubs across the continent that play at the lower levels?
The faux outrage of supporters is the most laughable aspect at this stage, writes Jason Pettigrove.
These will be the same sets of fans who religiously pay inflated ticket prices to watch their team week-in and week-out, or who buy up to four shirts each Premier League season in order to ‘wear the colours.’
The same fans who sit in their seats when, if they really didn’t like the way football was heading, could’ve bailed out in 1992 when the advent of the Premier League changed the way things had been for decades.
BT statement on the European Super League developments. pic.twitter.com/y35IGqXmSD
— BT Sport (@btsport) April 19, 2021
Ditto the TV broadcasters who charge the earth to allow games to be shown live, and who arguably stand to benefit from the ESL in the long run.
Even the players who have already come out to suggest this isn’t a good look for the game, but had no problem moving to clubs owned by countries and who are paid, frankly, an obscene amount in wages each week. Don’t give me the old excuse about ambition.
PSG's Ander Herrera has become one of the first high-profile players to speak out on the European Super League
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 19, 2021
Tell you what, how about those players have their salaries capped at a certain level. Then we’ll see just how outraged they really are about ‘the good of the game.’
It’s standing up and beating the chest time all round for the sake of it, and I’m sick of it already.
The real issues lie at the clubs such as West Ham, Everton and others. What does this seismic, landscape-changing decision mean for them and those clubs further down the football pyramid, not just in the Premier League, but in La Liga and Serie A too?
With wealth so unevenly distributed already, the rich stand to get richer and the poor… well, you know the drill.
🏆 With not much to talk about in the #FACup!
😡 Gary Neville gives his take on the new European Super League Idea!
— BetVictor (@BetVictor) April 18, 2021
There’s a possibility that the English and other European leagues will have to be restructured again, unless legal loopholes find in favour of UEFA and this breakaway is stopped dead in its tracks.
The reality at this stage is that no one really knows how this will end or who it favours. Any ‘news’ in the meantime is just guesswork and unhelpful.
To those who say football is no longer the working man’s game I say this: It hasn’t been for decades.
The game has been hurtling towards this point for years. Don’t like it? Go and support your local team.
But you won’t, will you…