European Super League row: Split forms as two of 'big six' English clubs have second thoughts

A split is forming amongst the big six English Premier League clubs who have reportedly signed up to a new independent European super league.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:06 pm

Manchester City and Chelsea are having second thoughts about joining the new European super league according to a top executive at another English club invited to join the now infamous new league competition.

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However, the backlash from fans, politicians and former players and managers has been virtually one sided with the vast majority stating such a move would mean the end of football as we know it.

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Fans burn a Liverpool replica shirt outside Elland Road against Liverpool's decision to be included amongst the clubs attempting to form a new European Super League.

Yesterday we reported how UEFA executive committee member and head of Danish FA, Jesper Moller, said he expected Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid will be expelled from the Champions League by the end of the week but there has been no official confirmation on this.

It has also been reported that of the 12 clubs from England, Spain and Italy who have expressed an interest of abandoning their domestic leagues in favour of the European super league, only six are said to be focused making the move no matter what it takes.

Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, warned the breakaway clubs and players that there would be consequences if they proceeded.

“At Fifa we can only and strongly disapprove the creation of the Super League,” he said.

The suggestion that six top English clubs are set to breakaway and join an elite European Super League has been overwhelmingly condemned.

“Of a Super League which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions.

"From the leagues, from the associations, from Uefa, from Fifa. Which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of Fifa’s disapproval of this.”

Infantino said the European super league posed a risk to the very essence of the 'beautiful game'.

“There is a lot to throw away for maybe a short-term financial gain of some,” he said.

“People need to think very carefully. They need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but of all the fans who have contributed to create what European football is today, what European football clubs are today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than 100 years. And we need to protect this.

“So, if some elect to go their own way, then they must live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice. Concretely, this means either you’re in or you’re out. You cannot be half in or half out.”

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