Sun, 16 May 2021

Plans for a breakaway

"These shameless exploiters of football, and of our passions, have reached for the old playbook, the same blunt weapon of a European Super League," he wrote.

"Depressingly, we have to say 'why not?' when it has worked for them every time before.

"Like the blackmailer who says he will walk away for a grand but comes back asking for double, then triple, preying on our weakness, these clubs are never satisfied, never bought off.

"A billion? Make it a gazillion. Two Champions League places? Call it four. A coefficient safety net? Make it a closed league. Always more, more, more."

Daily Mail chief sportswriter Martin Samuel said punishment for the clubs competing in the "despicable plastic competition that threatens the existence of English football" should be brutal.

He suggests a united front of opposition which has worked in the past could be as effective now.

"The utter contempt the protagonists have for the rest of the game," he wrote.

"For the fans, especially, but for the clubs, the players, the coaches, the history and traditions; for the wider good, for the national team, the football pyramid, for everything that football has meant to communities and society stretching back across two centuries.

"It was the backlash from the ordinary supporters that killed the 39th game proposal, and it can kill this too.

"Cancel the League Cup final (next Sunday Manchester City play Tottenham Hotspur), because why should the EFL present a trophy to one of two clubs whose greed threatens to destroy their crown jewel competition, the only reason they sit at the broadcasters' table."

Source: News24

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