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A t-shirt reading football is for the fansPlayers, managers and fans have spoken out in opposition to the proposed European Super League

Everton have criticised the "preposterous arrogance" of the clubs involved in the European Super League, while Fifa boss Gianni Infantino "strongly disapproves" of the plans.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who have agreed to join the proposed league.

"The backlash is understandable and deserved," an Everton statement read.external-link

"We urge them all to consider what they wish their legacy to be."

The proposed tournament would see teams play one another in midweek games in an attempt to have more matches between the big-name clubs.

However, it has been heavily criticised by fans, pundits, football's governing bodies and members of the UK government.

"There is a lot to throw away for maybe a short-term financial gain for some," said Infantino, the president of world football's governing body.

"If some elect to go their own way, they must live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice completely. This means you are either in or you are out. You cannot be half in and half out."

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In a lengthy statement, the Everton board said the six clubs were "tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game", accused them of "disrespect" towards fellow Premier League clubs and said they were "taking for granted and even betraying the majority of football supporters across our country and beyond".

The statement said: "This preposterous arrogance is not wanted anywhere in football outside of the clubs that have drafted this plan.

"On behalf of everyone associated with Everton, we respectfully ask that the proposals are immediately withdrawn and that the private meetings and subversive practises that have brought our beautiful game to possibly its lowest ever position in terms of trust end now."

The 14 Premier League clubs not signed up to the ESL will meet on Tuesday to assess the proposals and consider a response.

Alan Shearer says the proposed European Super League is "plain and simply wrong"

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said that the new league was needed to "save football" and help recoup losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Everton have accused the six Premier League clubs of acting "entirely in their own interests".

"At this time of national and international crisis – and a defining period for our game – clubs should be working together collaboratively with the ideals of our game and its supporters uppermost," the statement continued.

"Instead, these clubs have been secretly conspiring to break away from a football pyramid that has served them so well.

"The self-proclaimed Super Six appear intent on disenfranchising supporters across the game – including their own – by putting the very structure that underpins the game we love under threat."

'Gentlemen, you made a huge mistake'

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There have been protests outside the grounds of the Premier League clubs who have signed up to the league.

Leeds players also wore T-shirts saying 'Earn it' next to the Champions League logo and 'Football is for the fans' before their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

On Tuesday, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin called on the English clubs to "come to your senses".

Directly addressing the owners of the six Premier League clubs, Ceferin said: "Gentlemen, you made a huge mistake. There is time to change your mind.

"Come to your senses. Not out of love for football – I don't imagine you have much of that – but out of respect for the people who bleed for the team, out of respect for the home of football. I know we are right and they are wrong. It is a match we cannot lose."

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The key developments so far

A dozen clubs – including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – agree to form a new midweek competitionEuropean Super League will feature 20 clubs in all and run alongside domestic leagues such as the Premier LeagueFounding clubs are being enticed with a share of a €3.5bn (£3bn) grant provided by the investment bank JP MorganUK government says it is prepared "to put everything on the table to prevent this from happening"France's president, Uefa, the Premier League, Europe's major leagues, players' unions and former players all strongly criticise the moveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he does not agree with the move and that the club's players were not consultedA YouGov poll of 1,730 football fans found 79% opposed the idea of a Super LeagueThe 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the ESL move will meet on TuesdayFans air frustrations on social media and some visit grounds to unfurl banners in protestReal Madrid president Florentino Perez says the league was created to "save football" but there is further criticism of the moveBanner Image Reading Around the BBC - BlueThe dark side of betting: Meet the man who stole millions from work to sustain his gambling habit'Food is more than calories': Different strategies to help you achieve a healthy weightcommentsView Comments336

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Comment posted by Matarific, today at 11:05Matarific

11:05As a fan of a ‘big 6’ club, I can honestly say I couldn’t agree more with every single word of the Everton statement.779T

Reply posted by The Gorg, today at 11:14The Gorg

11:14to Matarific"As a fan of a ‘big 6’ club, I can honestly say I couldn’t agree more with every single word of the Everton statement."The Gorg replied: Only because they weren’t asked. Don’t you think they would have bitten the ESL hand off like an alligator that hasn’t eaten for a season if they were considered big enough to join?2348More replies (14)downK

Comment posted by Kenny Morris, today at 11:07Kenny Morris

11:07The Real Madrid President is talking complete nonsense.If it is to save the game then do it for less money .Also this super league format seems even more boring than the Champions league.Go back to straight knock out and you would soon get people interested.481M

Reply posted by Matarific, today at 11:19Matarific

11:19to Kenny Morris"The Real Madrid President is talking complete nonsense.If it is to save the game then do it for less money .Also this super league format seems even more boring than the Champions league.Go back to straight knock out and you would soon get people interested."Matarific replied: Good point and I don’t see why they can’t see this – the appeal of big teams playing each other is that it’s relatively rare (especially between clubs in different countries). The appeal will fall away very, very quickly once people get bored of the same fixtures every season.250More replies (5)downE

Comment posted by East Coast Warrior, today at 11:17East Coast Warrior

11:17Kick them out.

They’ve made their bed. English Prem should let them go.352R

Reply posted by Rod M, today at 11:35Rod M

11:35to East Coast Warrior"Kick them out. They’ve made their bed. English Prem should let them go."Rod M replied: If that can be done legally, I agree with you. I imagine they’d all then do a quick reverse ferret – unless they’re now committed legally to the ESL. What a mess.30More replies (3)downT

Comment posted by The Gorg, today at 11:05The Gorg

11:05Where were you all when Fifa awarded the World cup to Qatar? It was corruption at its finest. Over 6,500 workers have died putting the infrastructure in place. You only protest when it affects you, most of you are part of the problem and getting exactly what is deserved.4820W

Reply posted by Why479, today at 11:16Why479

11:16to The Gorg"Where were you all when Fifa awarded the World cup to Qatar? It was corruption at its finest. Over 6,500 workers have died putting the infrastructure in place. You only protest when it affects you, most of you are part of the problem and getting exactly what is deserved."Why479 replied: You’re going to watch that World Cup? I’m boycotting that.80More replies (5)downA

Comment posted by AndyVilla44, today at 11:17AndyVilla44

11:17Perez saying ESL is to save football is laughable. It’s to save big clubs like his who’ve been mismanaged into debt. They’re the clubs who have inflated fees & salaries beyond reality. They are the clubs who’ve cheated FFP. These big clubs need to go bankrupt, take a points deduction & be relegated like many other clubs have. But in life – rules for everyone & different rules for the rich.270C

Reply posted by Chris, today at 11:47Chris

11:47to AndyVilla44"Perez saying ESL is to save football is laughable. It’s to save big clubs like his who’ve been mismanaged into debt. They’re the clubs who have inflated fees & salaries beyond reality. They are the clubs who’ve cheated FFP. These big clubs need to go bankrupt, take a points deduction & be relegated like many other clubs have. But in life – rules for everyone & different rules for the rich."Chris replied: My compromise idea is for an English Super league this summer between these 6. They can keep the cash & get the following prizes:

1st – EPL next year start -15 points
2 – EPL & -30 points
3 – Championship
4 – L1
5 – L2
6- National League10H

Comment posted by HoldMyBeer, today at 11:14HoldMyBeer

11:14player wages reach insane levels, covid offers a cautionary tale of why this is unsustainable, and these high fliers living in their own bubble think that the answer is to change the rules of engagement and essentially create a (more) massive financial gulf by throwing buckets of money at the biggest clubs.

cap wages drastically so these people see common sense over their clubs’ $$$ loss.220B

Reply posted by Bid, today at 11:35Bid

11:35to HoldMyBeer"player wages reach insane levels, covid offers a cautionary tale of why this is unsustainable, and these high fliers living in their own bubble think that the answer is to change the rules of engagement and essentially create a (more) massive financial gulf by throwing buckets of money at the biggest clubs.cap wages drastically so these people see common sense over their clubs’ $$$ loss."Bid replied: Finally a comment that highlights the fact that ridiculous wages are the root of the problem! It’s the clubs that have created the issue by trying to buy their way to success. It’s always been the supporter that has had to fund it by buying TV subscriptions, multiple shirts and tickets to games at higher and higher prices. No wonder kids have lost interest, they can’t afford to watch the sport.00W

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Comment posted by Wee Brian, today at 11:10Wee Brian

11:10As a child in Glasgow in the 50s, I was in awe of Stanley Matthews, Nat Lofthouse, Billy Wright, Duncan Edwards, Johnny Haynes and so on. I never saw them other than on Pathe News in the cinema. I read about them in magazines.
These greats would be turning in their graves if they saw what is happening to football nowadays.242D

Comment posted by Didzy, today at 11:20Didzy

11:20Can someone explain to me what have spurs done to be called big, no title in 60 years I guess it’s called arrogance.221W

Reply posted by Walt78, today at 11:22Walt78

11:22to Didzy"Can someone explain to me what have spurs done to be called big, no title in 60 years I guess it’s called arrogance."Walt78 replied: Its nothing to do with size or history – its to do with money.90More replies (3)downR

Comment posted by Rewstep, today at 11:10Rewstep

11:10Why are we all so suddenly defensive of UEFA and their competitions?212F

Reply posted by Fianna, today at 11:14Fianna

11:14to Rewstep"Why are we all so suddenly defensive of UEFA and their competitions?"Fianna replied: Better the devil you know?74More replies (7)downS

Comment posted by steve j, today at 11:16steve j

11:16Less European football. The UCL changes are no good either. Like to see the EPL extended to 22/24 teams and much less euro rubbish. Go back to the old European Cup which was for champions only.171A

Reply posted by alfreton red, today at 11:20alfreton red

11:20to steve j"Less European football. The UCL changes are no good either. Like to see the EPL extended to 22/24 teams and much less euro rubbish. Go back to the old European Cup which was for champions only."alfreton red replied: from a forest fan.my shirt got its 2 stars from winning the european cup.and as correctly stated you had to be champions to get in it.well said.181S

Comment posted by SensibleMartin, today at 11:16SensibleMartin

11:16To the owners of the so called ‘big six’, you may have bought your clubs but you cannot buy the game.151R

Reply posted by Rod M, today at 11:32Rod M

11:32to SensibleMartin"To the owners of the so called ‘big six’, you may have bought your clubs but you cannot buy the game."Rod M replied: That may well not stop them from trying however.00W

Comment posted by Why479, today at 11:15Why479

11:15I live in South Korea and have influenced hundreds of students to watch football abs support Liverpool over the past 15 years. If the ESL goes ahead, I’ll do my damned best to influence those same students to turn their backs on the sport. They want the Asian market? It won’t be easy.151F

Reply posted by FLC, today at 11:18FLC

11:18to Why479"I live in South Korea and have influenced hundreds of students to watch football abs support Liverpool over the past 15 years. If the ESL goes ahead, I’ll do my damned best to influence those same students to turn their backs on the sport. They want the Asian market? It won’t be easy."FLC replied: Asian money behind this unfortunately but try your best anyway.50More replies (2)downD

Comment posted by Dolphin, today at 11:11Dolphin

11:11Spurs fan here. Disgusted.121V

Reply posted by VimalGEsqIII, today at 11:30VimalGEsqIII

11:30to Dolphin"Spurs fan here. Disgusted."VimalGEsqIII replied: I would be too if I supported them.62More replies (5)downS

Comment posted by snoopy, today at 11:14snoopy

11:14The only people who can stop this is the players.
If they say they will run down their contracts and won’t play in this super league it’s dead before it begins.
Simple as that.100R

Reply posted by Rod M, today at 11:39Rod M

11:39to snoopy"The only people who can stop this is the players.If they say they will run down their contracts and won’t play in this super league it’s dead before it begins. Simple as that."Rod M replied: Their contracts of employment will not allow them to do that. But having said that, would any of the “big six” then be prepared to fire its players for breach of contract?01I

Comment posted by Its never easy , today at 11:05Its never easy

11:05Klopp missed the point, the owners decisions have impacted everyone but they are mostly anonymous figures. The only outlet for protest by the fans is against the club, manager and teams.

They will get abuse, their is no other out let.

The ultimate power is striking. But I can’t ever see them doing a socialist act for the good of the game.

Stand with the fans. No one else will.144T

Reply posted by Tomkorn42, today at 11:11Tomkorn42

11:11to Its never easy "Klopp missed the point, the owners decisions have impacted everyone but they are mostly anonymous figures. The only outlet for protest by the fans is against the club, manager and teams.They will get abuse, their is no other out let.The ultimate power is striking. But I can’t ever see them doing a socialist act for the good of the game.Stand with the fans. No one else will."Tomkorn42 replied: Klopp didn’t miss the point at all, what a load of nonsense. He quite rightly stated this had absolutely nothing to do with him or the players, it’s simply an act of a few individuals (Americans) who are at the top of the club.144More replies (4)downY

Comment posted by Yusuf, today at 11:21Yusuf

11:21I will not pay to watch this Super League.112T

Reply posted by Tzakalos, today at 11:23Tzakalos

11:23to Yusuf"I will not pay to watch this Super League."Tzakalos replied: You will. You know it and that;s what you hate the most411More replies (2)downD

Comment posted by DR1, today at 11:05DR1

11:05Don’t really care if happens or not now. Just as long as they don’t get best of both worlds. If they do remain I hope the 14 Clubs + EFL have the guts to form their own breakaway.80K

Reply posted by KingFreddy, today at 11:26KingFreddy

11:26to DR1"Don’t really care if happens or not now. Just as long as they don’t get best of both worlds. If they do remain I hope the 14 Clubs + EFL have the guts to form their own breakaway."KingFreddy replied: They don’t need to form a breakaway from what they already have. Just ban those six teams from taking part and when the ESL inevitably fails make them start again from the bottom of the pyramid and make them pay billions to rejoin, distributing the money amongst the grass roots.62C

Comment posted by Chris, today at 11:29Chris

11:29Let’s have an English Super league this summer between these 6. They can keep the cash & get the following prizes:

1st – EPL next year start -15 points
2 – EPL & -30 points
3 – Championship
4 – L1
5 – L2
6- National League70E

Comment posted by evernut, today at 11:27evernut

11:27As Alan Shearer says , if they go , they leave the Premier League permanently.

If the Greedy Six think the law is on their side , then politicians can quickly change the law . There will be no opposition to this.

Our politicians have already said they will do whatever it takes.70J

Reply posted by Jobyfox, today at 11:33Jobyfox

11:33to evernut"As Alan Shearer says , if they go , they leave the Premier League permanently.If the Greedy Six think the law is on their side , then politicians can quickly change the law . There will be no opposition to this.Our politicians have already said they will do whatever it takes."Jobyfox replied: That’s something I keep seeing. ‘These are private companies and the government can’t do anything’.

That’s utter rubbish. Lots of companies operate within a regulatory framework. If there isn’t currently a framework then invent one – and appoint a regulator20More replies (1)downR

Comment posted by Rainfordian, today at 11:19Rainfordian

11:19FC United and AFC Liverpool both proven correct that Yanks would ruin their clubs.

Surprised at Barca. They’re fan owned unlike the rest but I guess $$$ means more than their 200,000+ members.

As for UEFA and FIFA talking greed … pot kettle black81A

Reply posted by AndyB_MOT, today at 11:47AndyB_MOT

11:47to Rainfordian"FC United and AFC Liverpool both proven correct that Yanks would ruin their clubs.Surprised at Barca. They’re fan owned unlike the rest but I guess $$$ means more than their 200,000+ members.As for UEFA and FIFA talking greed … pot kettle black"AndyB_MOT replied: B…b…bu…but Barcelona are “more than a club”. Or some bollocks.10More commentsBack to topunknown
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