Supporters from across English football – including fans of the “Big Six” – are united in their condemnation of plans for a breakaway European Superleague.
Last night, six Premier League clubs confirmed their intention to join The Super League, a closed competition commencing in 2022.
But today supporter groups from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all condemned their respective clubs for their involvement in the scheme.
Arsenal Supporters’ Trust said: “This represents the death of everything that football should be about.
“The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust will do everything we can to oppose this.”
Supporters from their North London rivals and counterparts at Tottenham Hotspur also condemned their club for acting behind closed doors and disregarding fans’ feelings on a breakaway league – accusing the club’s board of “betraying” the club’s history.
“Enough is enough,” Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said. “The current Board is prepared to risk the club’s reputation and its future in the opportunistic pursuit of greed.
“One of England’s most famous clubs could find itself expelled from English league competition.
“We demand the Board immediately disassociates itself from the breakaway league.”
Across London, The Shed End flag group have been highlighting demonstrations outside Stamford Bridge in protest at the club’s conduct. Chelsea Supporters’ Trust also said: “This is a decision of greed to line the pockets of those at the top and it has been made with no consideration for the loyal supporters, our history, our future or the future of football in this country.”
On Merseyside, the Spion Kop flag group said it would be removing its flags from the Kop at Anfield following Liverpool’s confirmation that it plans to be one of the founder-members of The Super League.
This afternoon protesters hung banners on the gates at Anfield while the club’s supporters’ union, Spirit of Shankly, said: “As fan representatives we are appalled and completely oppose this decision.
“Fenway Sports Group have ignored fans in their relentless and greedy pursuit of money.”
Supporter organisations at both Manchester clubs also expressed their outrage at the conduct of their clubs. The 1894 atmosphere group at the Etihad said: “We speak for our substantial membership and others who follow us on social media by saying we hope City withdraw from these proposals.” The Manchester City Official Supporters’ Club also condemned the plans, saying they would work with other fan groups to oppose the Superleague.
“Project Big Picture was bad enough,” 1894 said. “These plans could devastate domestic football.”
Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) accused their club’s hierarchy of betraying “everything this club has ever stood for.”
MUST said: “A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.
“We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw.”