The Premier League faces the daunting prospect of beginning next season without some of its biggest assets if the ‘big six’ all walk away from the domestic league to participate in a new star-studded European Super league.
Chelsea, along with Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, are all rumoured to be joining as six of the initial 12 teams in what will end up a 15-18 team tournament, pitting the continent’s best teams against each other.
The news has been widely condemned among fans and pundits alike, with the official Chelsea Supporters Trust taking to social media to release a statement condemning the proposal.
The statement reads: “The Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) continues to wholeheartedly oppose the creation of a breakaway competition to the Champions League. A “Super League” would destroy open competition simply for financial gain.
“The CST is appalled that Chelsea FC (CFC) are among the rumoured teams to have signed up for this alternative competition and hope that these reports are untrue. This proposal would risk CFC from being banned from other competitions and could jeopardise the future of our club.
“The proposal demonstrates the greed within football and as supporters, we are tired of the of the beautiful game being abused.
“Enough is Enough.”
The Chelsea Supporters Trust are not the only organisation to oppose the idea, with the Premier League also releasing a strongly-worded statement bemoaning the concept.
The Premier League said: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.
“The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.
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“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.
“We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.”