Everton have slammed the ‘preposterous arrogance’ of the Premier League’s big six and have urged plans for a European Super League to be ‘immediately withdrawn’.
European football has been rocked following the announcement of plans for a breakaway competition on Sunday, each of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – having agreed to join a continental Super League.
The plans have sparked outrage amongst governing bodies who have been critical of the self-serving interests of Europe’s elite, the tournament’s proposals including guaranteed entry for the 15 founding teams, 12 of which have been confirmed.
The proposals would see just five teams qualify through sporting merit and the anti-competitive nature of the plans has been blasted within footballing circles, with Everton releasing a statement condemning the greed of the Premier League’s elite.
A spokesperson for the Premier League earlier urged those involved to withdraw their participation before ‘irreparable damage‘ was done to domestic competitions and Everton have followed suit with a statement of their own, criticising the greed and ‘preposterous arrogance’ of the big six.
“Everton is saddened and disappointed to see proposals of a breakaway league pushed forward by six clubs,” a statement from the club’s board reads.
“Six clubs acting entirely in their own interests.
“Six clubs tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game.
“Six clubs choosing to disrespect every other club with whom they sit around the Premier League table.
“Six clubs taking for granted and even betraying the majority of football supporters across our country and beyond.
“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.
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“Instead, these clubs have been secretly conspiring to break away from a football pyramid that has served them so well.
“And in that pyramid, Everton salutes EVERY club, be it Leicester City, Accrington Stanley, Gillingham, Lincoln City, Morecambe, Southend United, Notts County and the rest who have, with their very being, enriched the lives of their supporters throughout the game’s history. And vice versa.
“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.
“The backlash is understandable and deserved – and has to be listened to.
“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.
“Finally we would ask the owners, chairmen, and Board members of the six clubs to remember the privileged position they hold – not only as custodians of their clubs but also custodians of the game. The responsibility they carry should be taken seriously.
“We urge them all to consider what they wish their legacy to be.”
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