If you haven’t noticed on social media in these last few days, football and the ‘super league’ has been a major talking point all over each platform. I’m sure that has got on a lot of non-football fans nerves! But hear me out, please?
Ok, sitting comfortably with a cuppa or glass of wine? Then I’ll begin. A group of owners from 12 football clubs across Europe (including six in the Premier League – Liverpool, Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur) decided to add their football clubs to this new league called the Europe Super League, which meant these clubs competing with each other throughout this league with no real competitiveness and reward at the end of it. I felt that this league smacked of money, money, money. When the news came out about this Super League and the potential of it becoming a reality, it hurt. Not just for the fans, but for everyone involved in football across the world. It would have potentially broken football forever if it had gone ahead. But all the owners cared about was their back pockets.
That’s what it has all come down at the end of the day with these owners – greed, money and selfishness. The fact that they thought this would be on ok thing to do is beyond selfish and incomprehensible for us as fans to take in. The fact that they felt it was ok to drag the good names of these clubs through the mud is awful. We knew, as a group of fans, we needed to unite, despite rivalries, to clearly express our feelings towards this new found league and show these money grabbers what football means to us. Banners were displayed at football grounds, people expressed their disappointment and anger online, petitions were going around online to get this stopped and people were just generally angry with the whole situation.
As a supporter of one of the football clubs that signed up to this Super League (Liverpool) , I was deeply disappointed in them for signing up to this. I couldn’t believe that we would even consider this is a brilliant idea. What hurts me more though is that the owners of Liverpool, and the other clubs involved, did not even think to consult with their managers, staff and players before making this momentous, idiotic decision. Maybe it’s because they knew that the players and managers would say no. Who knows. I find it totally unforgiveable that the owners did this behind their backs. I find that disgusting, shameful and disrespectful.
I felt that the club owners had sold us down the river, threw us under a bus and sold our soul to the devil. The fact that they didn’t even notify the manager and players beforehand I find totally disparaging. It shows a total lack of respect of the people who make the football club what it is. But there is one group of people that make sure that football clubs still exist today – the fans. Without fans, football is nothing.
Fans are the reason that football is where it is today, a strong community, we all share the same bond for the sport that we love so dearly. Fans came together these last few days and showed a united, passionate and determined front, something in which I can be proud of to have witnessed. These owners and anyone backing the Super League completely underestimated the fans and their power and passion. The barrage of hate and anger that was going to hit him is something they definitely did not expect. I shared my disdain for this on social media and made my feelings perfectly clear – there was no way I wasn’t keep my mouth shut about something that I completely disagree with.
On Tuesday evening, these football clubs started to lose their bottle, thanks to the power of the fans and their contempt towards the Super League, we got these clubs and their owners to back out of the Super League with their tails between their legs. A victory for us fans and showing that fans will always win. End of.
In terms of forgiveness of these owners, I’m not sure. I’ve seen some tweet and say “forgive, forget and learn from your mistakes” and some tweeting and saying “I can’t forgive you, I want you out!”. I’m kind of on the fence of what I want to happen to these owners. I do believe there should be a punishment for all clubs (and rightly so) and the owners do need to learn from this and make sure they DEFINITELY don’t make this sort of mistake again. But I think with this sort of thing, it’s a case of almost forgiving but certainly not forgetting.
One thing that I have taken from this whole debacle is how appreciative I am of football as it is today. I have loved football since the age of 13 and it’s a love affair that will never end. The thought of this Super League taking place, filled me with dread and broke my heart. I fell in love with Liverpool, Premier League football as it was back then and much hasn’t changed since then. I hope there is change, good change. If we show as much passion for this getting this Super League stopped as we should for racism getting kicked out of football, I hope we can get that kicked out of football, and everywhere, forever.
You can throw all the money in the world at football to supposedly make it better, but you cannot buy the fans and their passion for their club and their love of football.