Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021
123456789101112
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
News Every Day |

European Super League would mean no more Jamie Vardy fairytales.. don’t kill the dream

IN my heart of hearts, I believe — and I hope — that a breakaway European Super League will not happen.

But the threat is real and the questions, for footballers as well fans, are endless.

PA
Troy Deeney writes exclusively for SunSport[/caption]
Getty
Jamie Vardy’s fairytale from non-league to Prem winner will no longer be possible if the Euro Super League happens[/caption]

Will Watford be promoted into a Premier League without the Big Six next season?

Will we ever see another story as inspiring as Jamie Vardy’s, who rose from non-league to Leicester, where he won promotion, won the Premier League and played in the Champions League?

Will Harry Kane have to choose between playing Super League football with Tottenham or breaking the England goalscoring record because players from the proposed “rebel” league will have been banned from the international game?

There are a million more questions — but one thing we know for certain is the owners of English football’s Big Six do not care too much about their own loyal match-going supporters.

Because fans of the breakaway clubs hate the idea of ruining football’s pyramid system as much as anyone else.

The vast majority do not want a breakaway league.

But if 20,000 Spurs fans decide they are so revolted by the idea that they give up their season tickets, there may be many thousands of fans from abroad who will pay to watch instead.

These proposals are all about capitalising on lucrative global audiences.

FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE

 

I remember going on holiday to Mauritius and seeing the most basic of homes with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal shirts hung on washing lines. It is the same the world over.

People will tune in to watch the biggest English football clubs, even if they compete in a competition which disgusts most English fans.

American owners like those at Liverpool, United and Arsenal know all about franchise systems, with no threat of relegation, and want guaranteed income irrespective of their teams’ success.

It is all about profit and loss to them. How can we make the most money? Why are we losing so much money? That is not even a criticism, just a basic fact.

This threat of a closed-shop European Super League is more advanced and more serious than similar plots over the years.

I still believe we are witnessing a huge game of poker with Uefa, national associations and leagues pitted against the 12 “Founding Clubs” of the Super League.

There are some massive egos and major levels of testosterone involved in this high-stakes game.

Uefa were unveiling changes to the format of the Champions League yesterday and they clearly weren’t radical — or lucrative — enough for those 12 clubs, including six from the Premier League.

So that explains the timing of this announcement. Plus the fact leading Spanish and Italian clubs are in serious financial trouble, especially after the pandemic.

For Barcelona, the Madrid clubs, the Milan clubs and Juventus, it is an understandable move.

For those involved in such a global phenomenon as the Premier League, it is a bigger leap.

But with the billions of US investment bank JP Morgan behind it, I guess is not as big a risk.

I hope both sides can come to a common-sense compromise that allows football as we know it to continue, keeping the 12 clubs, within Fifa, Uefa and their own national leagues.

There will be courtroom battles — the Super League clubs are already preparing legal action in attempts to stop themselves being expelled from domestic leagues.

There will be posturing and bluffing while we wait to see which side blinks first.

If the Big Six were expelled then English domestic football will continue without them, with many huge clubs still involved.


⚽ ⚽ EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE LATEST ⚽ ⚽


But TV contracts would be worth considerably less, there will be massive wage deflation, probably salary caps and certainly a decrease in the product’s quality.

I genuinely believe that the Premier League is the best and most competitive in the world.

We tune in to watch it because we know anyone can beat anyone on their day — that Aston Villa can beat Liverpool 7-2 and West Brom can win 5-2 at Chelsea.

England has a league system beneath the Premier League that is the envy of the world — with so many well-supported clubs, which mean so much to their local communities, even several tiers below the top flight.

But all of these clubs would be threatened by a breakaway — even if you think finances should be distributed more evenly, there is no doubt the Football League and the non-league benefit from money trickling down.

All of that would be threatened if the Big Six really were kicked out of the Premier League.

Let’s hope it never happens — let’s hope for more stories like Vardy’s, that Kane can become England’s leading scorer and still play elite club football.

And that Watford get to play the Big Six again next season, because the Premier League would be nothing near the same without them.

⚽ Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds

 





Read also

Zara has just launched beauty and you won't believe how good it is

HALL OF FAMER GEORGE KNOTTY LEE

Colorado birthday party gunman killed six family members because he wasn’t invited





News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro



Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day

Sight Fishing Big Bass from Kayak - Challenging!