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Super League: Fans should have ‘proper say in the game they love’ as plan faces collapse


On Tuesday evening, all six English teams confirmed their withdrawal from the European Super League. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur followed Chelsea and Manchester City in pulling out from the planned tournament.

The initial Super League proposals were heavily criticised by politicians, footballers, and fans – with many labelling the twelve clubs as greedy and warning that the move will have devastating effects.

Alison McGovern, Labour MP and shadow minister for sport, told BBC Newsnight on Tuesday that football fans should be given more say in the game.

She said: “I’ve been arguing for the past ten years that football is not a sport like any other.

“Therefore, whilst nobody wants politicians micromanaging football or any sport, frankly you know I think we should have done more before today to make sure that supporters had a proper say in the game that they love.

“Because if supporters did have a proper say then this wouldn’t have happened.”

Before Tuesday night’s withdrawals, 12 of Europe’s leading football clubs announced they had agreed to create a new midweek competition dubbed the European Super League.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the breakaway tournament as a “kind of cartel”.

Speaking at a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said: “How can it be right to have a situation in which you create a kind of cartel that stops clubs competing against each other, playing against each other properly, with all the hope and excitement that gives to the fans up and down the country?

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Currently, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, along with Italy’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are still part of the breakaway competition.

Ms McGovern hopes the possible collapse of the Super League will create a catalyst for change.

She said: “My hope is that we don’t just leave this here.

“If it is all over as it seems to be, let’s not just leave this here let’s put it right.

“If at this late stage we can change the way our game is governed, then this whole crazy 48-hours might actually have been worth something.”


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