WARRINGTON’S two MPs have both condemned plans for twelve European football clubs to become ‘founding members’ of an elite European Super League.
The proposal would see these teams automatically competing in the League, regardless of previous performance.
This has attracted widespread indignation from politicians across the continent, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer.
The league would be made up of the Premier Leagues “Big Six” Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, joined by AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.
The ESL said the founding clubs had agreed to establish a “new midweek competition” with teams continuing to “compete in their respective national leagues”.
Charlotte Nichols MP said: “The proposal to introduce a European Super League is anathema to everything we love about sport.
“The power of fans, the underdogs winning- that’s what makes sport, not greedy owners seeking to line their pockets. Football is a sport created by working people but sadly it has been hijacked for greed. The financial benefits that this league would give the clubs playing in this would permanently damage the competitiveness of the domestic leagues.
“We need a massive shift to empower fans, giving us a real stake in how our clubs are run. Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister Alison McGovern is calling for action on the failure to ‘protect supporters from the kind of governance failures, which can bring the club they love to the brink.’
“I will always use my voice in Parliament to fight for this, and for support for the grassroots game. As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one Super League and that’s the one Warrington Wolves play in.”
Meanwhile Warrington South MP Andy Carter said:”“This has been an extremely disappointing 24 hours for our national sport. Football seems to have lost touch with reality and worst of all lost touch with the fans who support the teams and players week in week out.
“Creating a closed competition that serves only the wealthiest clubs goes against the very essence of fair play in sport and shuts the door on all other clubs aspiring to be part of the game’s elite.
“It demonstrates why we need a fan-led review into the way football clubs are managed. Warrington is blessed to have so many huge clubs on its doorstep, but it is blindingly obvious that a super league will have a serious detrimental impact on the English football pyramid and those Premier League clubs outside the so-called ‘big six’.
6 football clubs have achieved something that no politician or public figure has managed in these times of fracture, fission & feuding. They have brought together the whole divided nation, indeed all of Europe – everyone united in disgust & revulsion at such greed and stupidity
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 19, 2021