The footballing world was rocked a few hours back when the news of the European Super League concept was made official by some of the founding teams. Needless to say, it has garnered a tremendous amount of negative reaction from all quarters of European football and now there is a very good chance that the project could fall face first before it even takes off.
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Respect must go out to the footballing community whose voice has made it very clear that such a League must not be allowed to exist. European Super League will change football but for the worse.
European Super League might provide the community with some lucrative fixtures but will go against almost all the values that football stands for. Football is an equal game and will continue to remain as one. The ecstasy at being promoted to a top-flight league and the despair at being relegated from it are still some of the purest emotions in the game and no team can ever be immune to those feelings. Make no mistake, football is nothing without the fans and the twelve founding teams in the European Super League are not the only teams in European football.
To give each club a shot at European glory, the UEFA Champions League was put in place and the UCL has given fans some nights to remember and some to forget. Football is still anyone’s game and that will never change.
Being an ardent Manchester City fan myself, I have supported the club a lot over the past few years even when results haven’t gone our way but agreeing to a project like this is unforgivable. Having said that, it is coming off as highly selfish on the part of the 12 founding teams simply because there is UEFA Champions League in place and it almost serves the same purpose as the European Super League except for the money involved in the latter.
The fans of the “smaller” teams do not deserve a competition like this as the idea of climbing up the ranks to reach the ultimate European glory is still the dream of many and Leicester showed us five years back that football is a game that can be won by any team if there is determination and hard work involved.
No team deserves a free way to success and riches and every club should work for it.
Though UEFA and FIFA cannot stop the tournament from kicking off, they can impose sanctions on the clubs involved in the project.
The fans and pundits involved criticizing the idea of having ESL in place are not wrong as it would be highly unfair on the part of the “smaller teams”. It is also understood that the founding members involved in the competition can never be relegated and that rule itself speaks a lot about the shortcomings of the proposed idea.