Less than two days after the launch of the Super League, the project is already faltering.
The announcement of the creation of a Super League, which occurred on the night of Sunday 18 April to Monday 19 April, created an earthquake in the world of European and world football. Since then, negative reactions from managers, supporters and players have multiplied. In addition to the departure of Manchester City, several voices continue to rise.
The shareholder of Olympique de Marseille, Franck McCourt, in turn opposed the Super League project. “As an American who has had the privilege of being a manager and owner of clubs on both continents, I have learned that the culture of sport in Europe is very different from that of the United States and that it must be respected “, he said in a communicated. Before continuing: “CNow is not the time to break this pattern. Now is the time to transform it while remaining true to the core values of European football culture.. “
The Liverpool players have published a joint post on their respective social networks, indicating that they will not take part in the competition. Among them, the captain of the Reds, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner: “We don’t like this project and we don’t want it to happen. This is our common position. Our commitment to this club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional “. Also of note is the withdrawal of one of Liverpool’s sponsors, Tribus Watches, due to the club’s commitment to the European project.
The atmosphere was very tense tonight in the London capital. Blues supporters gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest the Super League. Petr Cech, former goalkeeper of the club and now technical and performance advisor, was forced to come and ease the tensions. “Give us some time“, he asked them. Before back-pedaling in turn like Manchester City?
The day before, Liverpool supporters had also gathered in front of Anfield to express their disagreement.
Manchester United vice-president Ed Woodward has announced that he will step down at the end of 2021. If the timing is astonishing, the Super League connection and the upcoming resignation of Ed Woodward is not yet clearly established, however.