Plans to form a European Super League are merely an attempt to gain leverage against UEFA, according to The Athletic’s editor-in-chief, Alex Kay-Jelski.
The claim follows reports of plans supported by members of the Premier League’s ‘top six’ to bring about a breakaway league filled with Europe’s elite clubs.
– Put out a story to put pressure on UEFA
– Get everyone in a massive, angry flap
– Take the insults because there’s huge money at stake
– Come to a new CL agreement and put the super league back in the cupboard again till leverage is needed next time.
— Alex Kay-Jelski (@AlexKayJelski) April 18, 2021
Having ourselves burst into a frothing rage over the prospect of Liverpool being a part of the proposals, it’s a view that does make a certain amount of sense.
On the other hand, we’d be foolish to not ask the big what if: what if the proposed plans aren’t simply a well-disguised (or poorly, depending on your point of view) manoeuvre designed to force UEFA into submission?
However we feel about the legitimacy of the threat facing football – make no mistake: it’s a considerable one – our response cannot change.
It must continue to be universally critiqued and damned; the promise of riches beyond measure must be poorly balanced against the potential loss of something that football, in whatever form, cannot survive without – the fans.