Editorial
1 minute read
29 Apr 2021
8:03 am

Soccer fans win big off the field

Editorial

English football is much more than just making money. The top-tier competition is steeped in history.

In just 48 hours, English football fans forced four billionaires, a Russian oligarch and an Emirati sheikh into a hasty retreat as the European Super League collapsed with the withdrawal of six Premier League clubs. The owners of Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham had signed up with six other Spanish and Italian clubs to a money-spinning ESL project, but with far-reaching consequences for the rest of the football pyramid. (AFP)

  After the European Super Football League flopped spectacularly before proper plans were even drawn up, we welcome the news that English football will take a hard look at themselves and the way they run the game. English Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham looked set to form a breakaway league with Spain’s Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona and Juventus AC, Milan and Inter Milan from Italy. However, angry protests from fans and other English clubs saw the Premier League’s “big six clubs” backtrack in a matter of days, following the fallout. Now,...