West Ham will be opposing any plans for a European Super League when the Premier League chairmen hold their first meeting today to discuss the issue.
The League are seeking backing from club chairmen at a virtual meeting to take whatever actions they deem necessary in their bid to thwart the plans of the financiers bidding to break away league.
And ClaretandHugh has learned that the Hammers and a number of other clubs fully expect the plan to hit the buffers following the hostile reaction by all other areas of the game to the plan.
Hammers chief shareholder David Sullivan will be sticking to the position he declared publicly five years ago along with David Gold.
And, like Everton, we understand the club will be putting an official announcement on the club website.
Sullivan had said in 2016:” It would destroy football as we know it. Also if there was no relegation, everything other than the top of the division would be boring by mid season.”
Meanwhile, almost unbelievably, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed the new league is being set up to “save the game. He is reported by the BBC as saying the move had been made because young people are “no longer interested in football” because of “a lot of poor quality games”.
“Whenever there is change, there are always people who oppose it,”he said.
I haven’t regarded any of these 6 “football clubs” as English for many years, so I would be happy to see them off to play some pointless exhibition matches around the world, like the Harlem Globetrotters. The closed shop/no promotion or relegation model is not sport, so good riddance.
Meanwhile, the following can/should be done: 1) The FA should expel them from all English competitions, on the grounds that these “clubs” do not believe in fair/competitive sport, 2) The government/councils should revoke their licenses to host matches at their stadiums, again on the grounds that what they put on is not competitive sport. If all their important fans are in Asia, let them play matches there, 3) Fans should cancel their subscription TV contracts, which will lead to 4) The TV companies refusing/unable to enter an agreement with the “Super League”, which will lead to 5) Sponsors leaving those clubs.
End result – the “Super League” is not viable. When they ask to come back, put them in League 2 and see if they can work their way back up like Glasgow Rangers did.
Completely agree.I would also add that all players have a chance to walk away from the super league.If they do not agree with it as most are saying,then simply do the British thing and go on strike.Let’s see how these Americans deal with teams with no players.
I agree with everything said here, but would add that they should also be banned from any European competitions for at least ten years, as some will buy their way back quickly and this step will further reduce their revenues.
Itis important that the greedy 6 aren’t bought off or they’ll be be like Oliver and come back for more in a couple of seasons. They need to be met with a show of force. Withdraw this outrageous money grab or have your results for this season expunged. And Southgate should announce a ‘provisional’ euro squad with no greedy 6 players. Player power will then break this from within.
I think another way to punish is complete transfer bans and get all clubs to sign up and say they won’t deal with them.
Their Players values will plummet.
Ban their academies from all competitions as well, it will kill the clubs off, people like Chelsea it will kill their business model.
It’s time to take the game back.
If you think about it, two leagues of 10, so 9 home games a season without being allowed in other competitions.
Not sure I would buy a season ticket for that many meaningless games a year.
Season could be over after 4 games, welcome to our world lol!