Comedian and actor James Corden has delivered a scathing assessment of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to join the newly-founded European Super League.
The three clubs, along with fellow Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, confirmed their plans to join the new mid-week competition late on Sunday evening.
Yesterday, their decisions to join the competition, which is being masterminded by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, were blasted by almost everyone, including former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville and millions and millions of football supporters.
Now, Corden has added his name to the list of those condemning the idea, launching an extraordinary rant on the Late Late Show in the US last night, insisting the idea will “kill hundreds of other football teams” and that he is “heartbroken by the decision.”
“The truth is, this whole thing, making this move, these teams, these owners are killing, they will kill hundreds of other football teams that compete with them and have competed with them many times over the years, disregarding the fanbases of those teams and disregarding the fanbases of their own teams who are devastated too,” Corden, who is a West Ham United supporter, said, as quoted by the Express.
“I’m heartbroken by it, genuinely heartbroken by it. I’m heartbroken because the owners of these teams have displayed the worst kind of greed I’ve ever seen in sport.
“It’s hard to express how much these communities rely on football, not just financially, which is considerable, but football is like a focal point of a town’s hopes and dreams, that’s what it is, you know?
“And these dreams, they’ve just been shattered not just in Britain, all across Europe.
“And the reason these dreams have been shattered and discarded is so that a group of billionaires can buy themselves a bigger boat, or a second boat.
“Football is a working class game where anyone can beat anyone on their day, and it’s that that makes it incredible, it’s that that’s made it the global force it is today.”
Should the plan come into fruition, which Super League chairman Perez is adamant they will, Corden believes the damage caused will have a lasting impact.
He added: “And if this happens, and unfortunately I really do think it will, I don’t want to be over dramatic but I do think it’s the end of the sport that we love. It truly is.
“I think it’s going to happen and I don’t think there’s anything we can do about it.
“Don’t ever forget that it was them, those owners. They took something so pure and so beautiful and they beat the love and the joy out of it and they did it for money. They just did it for money. And it’s disgusting.”
At the time of writing, the Premier League and UEFA are doing all they can to stop the plans.
Yesterday, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin confirmed that the players who get themselves involved in the plan will be banned from representing their countries at World Cups and European Championships.
“The players that will play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros,” Ceferin said. “They will not be allowed play for their national teams.”