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Announcement could leave Hammers out in the cold

Six English teams are expected to be part of plans for a breakaway European super league, with an announcement due soon, Sky News and others have reported this afternoon.  Among the English clubs involved are Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.

This could left West Ham out in the cold perhaps on the verge of Champions League qualification this season.

Sky News’ City editor Mark Kleinman said: “My understanding is that 12 clubs from across Europe including the six biggest English clubs have now signed up to this new format.

The developments come as UEFA itself was due to sign off on its own plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League on Monday.

UEFA and the Premier League as well as football authorities in Spain and Italy have expressed their opposition to a breakaway European super league.

In a joint statement they said they “remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project”, adding: “We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough.”

Kleinman said of the rival competition: “The new league includes staggering sums of money that will be handed to the participating clubs. About $6bn has been committed to this new project by the American bank JP Morgan.

“And this will come after European clubs’ finances have been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic which is one of the reasons why so many of Europe’s biggest clubs have decided that now is the right time to form a European super league after years of on/off discussions about such a project.”

The Premier League has said it “condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid”.

In its own statement, it also said: “Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.”

The Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters has written to all 20 clubs in England’s top division to state the league’s opposition to the new project.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

7 comments on “Announcement could leave Hammers out in the cold

  1. Great news. It means that West Ham will be left as the top Premier league club.

  2. Traditional top six clubs like Arsenal hate the fact that teams like Leicester and West Ham are now in the top six don’t they. Can we even call clubs like Arsenal a top six club anymore?

  3. Great, Let them go the sooner the better.. It looks as though THEY will be banned from domestic competition. Fans will soon get fed up watching the MEANINGLESS greed league.They must never be allowed back in their leagues. Couldnt care less if they go. TAXI !

  4. It’s more like it will leave those clubs involved out in the cold! Kick them out of premier league if the report is true!

  5. Funny thing is my friends who support these clubs don’t want it, English football could banish the clubs and players.
    No surprise it’s led by JPMorgan, and no doubt led by the Americans and other foreign owners who do not care one bit about football in this country.
    They didn’t buy these teams for love of football, it’s greed and money.
    These clubs need English football, ban them all.

  6. We are fine thanks – the greedy bunch wanting exclusive wealth may well find themselves out of the Premier League and EUEFA competitions

  7. thanks alot of information, im the hammers

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