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EFL Welcomes European Super League Withdrawals and Calls For Change to Wealth Distribution
Wednesday, 21st Apr 2021 11:53

The EFL has welcomed the news that Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have withdrawn from the proposed European Super League and has called for “much-needed change to the distribution of wealth in our domestic leagues”.

The plans for the breakaway league gradually broke down over the course of yesterday evening following widespread condemnation after they emerged on Sunday.

The statement reads: “The EFL welcomes the decision made by six English Premier League teams to withdraw intentions to join a European Super League.

“With widespread opposition met at home and abroad, including from the EFL, these divisive proposals threatened the sporting principles of the football pyramid that our founding members pioneered over a century ago.

“Across the globe, people in and outside of the game spoke up when it counted. The EFL is heartened by the response and remain proud to be part of a unified footballing system that promotes open competition, gives everybody a chance to dream and continues to inspire generations of young people in the communities from where our clubs take their name.

“The message is clear that the pyramid must be protected above all. The European Super League failed in part due to a model of distorted and unfair financial distributions, a criticism that can also be levelled at the current financial model in our own domestic game.

“The EFL hopes the same enthusiasm can be immediately directed to achieve appropriate and much-needed change to the distribution of wealth in our domestic leagues, and we will work with all parties to push for this reform.

“By resetting economically, we can support all clubs in achieving a sustainable future, promoting the principles that so many have fought for.

“Reforms must also consider UEFA’s own Champions League restructuring which pose an existential threat to our competitions, including the League Cup, which provides vital income to EFL clubs and is the breeding ground for stars of the future.

“The EFL will embrace the Government’s fan-led review and confirm we will contribute fully to help shape any decisions taken and ensure they are made in the best interests of supporters and the clubs that we represent.”

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wkj added 11:58 - Apr 21
Nice try EFL, but the Premier League is probably laughing at you right now.

Karlosfandangal added 12:01 - Apr 21
Champions league was again to generate money for the rich.
Ipswich won on home and away not by having a league and then another league before a knock out games

Europablue added 12:02 - Apr 21
Hopefully the European Super League has awakened the dragon and now the government will act to safeguard our national heritage from foreign and domestic vandals

WeWereZombies added 12:17 - Apr 21
Well said EFL...just thirty years too late.

KernewekBlue added 12:35 - Apr 21
Was so satisfying to hear that Ed Woodward has had to step-down from his position at Man Utd. Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke!

Still. I'll try not to lose any sleep over it.


VanDusen added 12:44 - Apr 21
Smokescreen worked. The six brands got the scandalous Champions League changes they wanted - so forget West Ham getting in there in a couple of years time as that place would go to.. Liverpool regardless of where they finish. Sporting merit my @se. They've already effectively eliminated Premier League relegation for themselves and now it's Europe too. Bye bye league cup as that's what the new UEFA proposals mean.

God I wish they HAD been serious about this ESC. The sooner the brands are gone the sooner we can reconstitute English football back to the exciting fair league it was and the hangers on can go watch their sanitised rubbish. Now we're going to gave to wait another five years til the next time they want a larger piece of the pie and make it even more unequal.

BettyBlue added 12:45 - Apr 21
being American owned we are on the side of the super league

dirtydingusmagee added 16:59 - Apr 21
pleased it has not come to anything, but as far as distribution of wealth is concerned its dream on im afraid.

Skip73 added 19:52 - Apr 21
The big six should still be kicked out, the intention was there until the threat of relegation and points deductions hit home. They don't care about the fans and never will. The League will be a better place without the money grabbing brands.

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