“Like a house of cards”: the European press mocks a “super ridiculous” Super League

British newspapers in a London newsstand
Across Europe, many press titles mocked the collapse of the Super League project.

“Super ridiculous”, “superleak” : European sports press mock the stillborn project of a dissident Football Super League, which collapsed on Tuesday, April 20 “like a house of cards” with the withdrawals of half of its twelve founding clubs.

“Super ridiculous” Madrid daily Marca on the front page about the Spain-based Super League. “The superleak. The English clubs are leaving, the project is falling apart “, adds the electronic edition of Tuttosport in Italy.

Departures “British seal”, quips the French daily L’Equipe, at the end of a crazy day when the six English clubs founders of this private competition, rival of the Champions League, let go, causing it to collapse “like a house of cards”. “The slingers misjudged the extent of the storm they triggered”, analyzes the newspaper which notes that “the strongest resistance came from England”.

Yes, “with the expansionist manners of the Premier League, it was England, the birthplace of the game, which made the Super League project possible”, it is also she who “draped in its attachment to the idea that a club is first and foremost a community born from the working class at the end of the 19th century” at “best participated in bringing down the project of ‘traitors’, of ‘twelve bastards’ or ‘plotters'”, continues the sports title, with reference to titles from the English press.

The outcry from supporters – hundreds of English club fans demonstrated their rejection of the Super League outside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in London – was a winner. “Victory for the fans, all six English clubs withdrew from the European Super League, leaving the tournament in tatters”, notes the British daily Daily Mirror in its electronic edition. “Super League falters as clubs give in to angry fans”, also estimates, in its electronic edition, the Times, which also underlines the role of the players, the managers and the policies.

It is thus a “singular record” that the Super League beat, according to the Italian daily Gazzeta dello sport: in 48 hours, it succeeded in uniting against it “the political leaders, the European Parliament, the sports institutions, all the international press, the tifosi, the coaches and players, and even companies that had joined the project.

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