FANS have attempted to stop Liverpool team buses from entering Elland Road ahead of tonight’s match against Leeds.
The actions of the fans, who could be from either club, were a protest against Liverpool’s decision to join the European Super League.Stewards try to get the situation under control[/caption] Liverpool eventually arrived at the ground[/caption]
Liverpool are the first member of the newly-found ESL to play a Premier League game since news of the competition broke yesterday.
The reigning champions have agreed to join the ESL along with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
The Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ have joined Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan in creating the league.
Presuming they go ahead, the plans will see a £4.6BILLION pot backed by JP Morgan split between the ‘dirty dozen’ – as many have described the clubs – and relegation scrapped.
Those protesting outside Elland Road may well have been by Leeds fans – or even just football fans in general – considering the overwhelmingly negative response to the breakaway league.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team have already shown their disgust at the plans – wearing T-shirts with the words ‘EARN IT’ emblazoned across the front as they warmed up for tonight’s game.
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Leeds protest against the European Super League[/caption]
Supporters of the joining clubs have been protesting throughout the day, with banners outside Anfield reading ‘Shame on you RIP LFC 1892 – 2021’ and ‘LFC fans against European Super League’.
Reds supporters’ trusts have also promised to remove their flags from the Kop because they ‘feel we can no longer give our support to a club which puts financial greed above integrity of the game’.
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have issued a statement, which reads: “Football supporters across the world have experienced the ultimate betrayal.
“This is a decision of greed to line the pockets of those at the top and it has been made with no consideration for the loyal supporters. This is unforgivable.”
The Independent Manchester United Supporters’ Trust added: “These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs.
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“A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.
“To bring forward these proposals without any fan consultation, and in the midst of a global pandemic when people should be pulling together not serving their own selfish interests, just adds insult to injury.
“When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed.
“To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for.
“We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.”
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