The Football Supporters’ Association has issued a statement in response to the European Super League announcement.
The new format was confirmed today almost two years after the initial prospect was proposed to football supporters. It sparked outrage and protests across the country with fans, pundits and former/current players left furious at the idea. It included the Premier League’s typical top six; Manchester United, City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Today, The Telegraph reported the new proposal by the founders of the league that would involve 60-80 teams, multiple divisions, a minimum of 14 games per club and no permanent members.
A large factor in the decision to reignite the possibility of the league is because of the money available to and spent by English clubs. For example, Chelsea are on the back of a £323 million January transfer window, outspending the Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and La Liga combined.
England’s top flight has considerably higher funds available to the clubs due to the broadcasting and television showings of games.
The FSA’s chief executive Kevin Miles had his say on the matter via Twitter, which is likely to gain traction over the coming days, saying: “The walking corpse that is the European Super League twitches again with all the self-awareness one associates with a zombie. Their newest idea is to have an ‘open competition’ rather than the closed shop they originally proposed that led to huge fan protests.
“Of course an open competition for Europe’s top clubs already exists – it’s called the Champions League. They say ‘dialogue with fans and independent fan groups is essential’ yet the European Zombie League marches on – wilfully ignorant to the contempt supporters across the continent have for it.”