‘Bill Shankly and Sir Matt Busby will be turning in their graves’ – Football stars react to new European Super League plans on talkSPORT as Man United, Liverpool and fellow Premier League big six blasted for ‘greed’
The Premier League’s ‘bix six’ have been slammed for their shameless ‘greed’ and for tearing up the foundations they were built on by agreeing to join a new European Super League (ESL). Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have signed up as founders of the controversial breakaway league with the bombshell plans […]
The Premier League’s ‘bix six’ have been slammed for their shameless ‘greed’ and for tearing up the foundations they were built on by agreeing to join a new European Super League (ESL).
Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have signed up as founders of the controversial breakaway league with the bombshell plans confirmed on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are the other six European giants involved, and while Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are currently missing from the list, it is anticipated three more will join as founding members.
In a statement, the ESL revealed plans to begin ‘as soon as practicable’ and will eventually feature 20 teams.
But the plans have sparked a widespread backlash from all levels of the game, with suggestions the six English clubs could be kicked out of the Premier League as a result, while there are threats players will be banned from all European and international competition – including the World Cup.
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Scotland legend Ally McCoist blasted the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, for disgracing their working class roots and giving into corporate greed,
And he said legendary former managers Sir Matt Busby and Bill Shankly would be ‘turning in their graves’.
How the European Super League will work
It will be a new European competition between 20 top clubs
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as the inital 12 founders
Three more founding clubs will join while a further five teams will qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season
Games will be played in midweek and all clubs will remain in their domestic leagues
There will be two groups of 10 clubs each, playing home and away fixtures within the group each year
The top three in each group will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals
Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions
A two-leg knockout format will then be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue
“It’s just one word, it’s ‘greed’, that’s all it is,” said McCoist, who added he would be ‘so against’ Rangers and Celtic eventually joining the breakaway.
“It’s embarrassing, actually.
“It goes against all the principles all these clubs were formed and built on and I just find it really really sad. I’m a mixture of sad, angry, disappointing.
“Great clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United who were built on a work ethic and an ethos of the working class, and they’re just embarrassed themselves, they’ve scored an unbelievable own goal. It’s horrendous, it really is.
“I’m thinking about people like Sir Matt Busby and Bill Shankly, they must be turning in their graves. It’s obscene.
“In the current climate and what the world has gone through, it’s just a sign of greed that is frankly unacceptable and unbelievable.”
Supporters have also hit back at the plans, with over 50 per cent of fans voting on a talkSPORT poll claiming they would STOP SUPPORTING their team if the ESL goes ahead.
And former Manchester United striker Andy Cole and ex-Arsenal winger Perry Groves are in their side.