The aim of such an elite league was to re-define football; but at what cost?
The European Super League or ESL for short, was a shiny, brand new and seemingly brilliant idea to showcase the best of football. All 16 teams that is. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal alongside international favourites such as Aletico Madrid, Juventus and PSG were meant to team up and form a ‘breakaway’ league, away from UEFA and FIFA; the two main co-operations running the game of football.
Within 48 hours, it crashed and burned. Widespread protests from football supporters regardless of favourite teams rallied together to put a stop to the European Super League.
Quite frankly, by reading the various protest signage it’s clear to see that the ESL aimed to take football away from who it really belongs to; the fans. Instead, it would have become a haven for the rich to gain more funding, more wages for the already extremely paid well players and eventually exploit the fans to pay extortionately for season and single game tickets when the time came. The European Super League also destined itself to isolation by ignoring what the Champion’s League is so great at; excitement. intrigue. anticipation.
By allowing only the 16 ‘greats’ of football to take part in the ESL, it takes away the humanity of the game, it becomes about greed and superiority. The pyramid system of football that has been successful for the last 100+ years has been tarnished by the ‘Big 6’. It essentially ruins the community spirit that football is known for.
The ‘Big 6’ includes the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham, Man United and Liverpool.
“It becomes a rich man’s game, not a community one.”
However, by the ‘Big 6’ eventually removing themselves from the ESL (either via protests and unrest or due to their own prerogative), it becomes fact that the European Super League will not proceed because all of the English Clubs withdrew – confirmed by Juventus Chairman Andrea Agnelli.
By fans making the game about them, for them again; it remains to be seen whether football can recover.
Full Time: Fans 1 – 0 European Super League.
Written by: Victoria Horton