After the Super League fiasco: we have one last chance to reclaim English football

Thursday, 22 April, 2021 7comments  |  Jump to last
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester and Evertonian, writes:

"The proposed breakaway European Super League may have ended, for now, in an embarrassing defeat for ultra-rich clubs, but it has revealed how close English football is to the brink. Our nation has no real control over our national game. Our great clubs could be taken from us in a heartbeat. This is our last chance to act."

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Dennis Stevens
1 Posted 23/04/2021 at 11:34:47
Andy makes some good points, but I share his concerns that no real action will result from recommendations made to the Government.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 23/04/2021 at 12:48:43
Andy has major doubts that any recommendations will be legislated.

The line saying that Tracey Crouch should go no further without guarantees from the PM that the review’s findings will be legally acted upon and put into the Queens Speech is telling.

He’s worried that the greedy six will make their falsely sincere promises and that the government will foolishly accept them as good enough. Then kick the ball into the long grass for someone to deal with in a few years time.


Colin Glassar
3 Posted 23/04/2021 at 12:56:30
Kick ‘em while they’re down is what I say.

There’s all sorts of rumours that Real Madrid will be kicked out of the CL semifinals and the dastardly 3 remaining renegades (Madrid, Barca and Juventus) might be banned for up to 3 years from European competitions.

The game changer might be the independent regulator. This person will could change English football for ever, and the better.

Barry Hesketh
4 Posted 23/04/2021 at 13:18:26
I can't see UEFA halting this season's Champions League Colin, they have global TV contracts to honour, so I wouldn't expect any of the Dirty Dozen being thrown out of this season's competitions.

I also fear that all this clamour to have a review of the game in England might hurt Everton FC more than it hurts the Pig Six, don't forget they already have massive sponsors and a global audience in the bag, we've only just begun to make some inroads but we're miles behind those clubs commercially.

Plus there are calls for tighter 'fit and proper' tests which may result in USM being unable to fund the new stadium via its sponsorship or naming rights.

As with most things Evertonians might have to be careful what they wish for when it comes to legislation and tighter rules.

The only solution is for the world of football to embrace wage caps. How much does Messi earn? Is it realistic for debt-laden clubs to carry on paying ridiculous wages forever? If a salary cap is utilised the Dirty Dozen won't have to continue to look for ways to enhance their own income at the expense of the game itself.

Barry Hesketh
5 Posted 23/04/2021 at 13:30:24
According to the Mail Online, UEFA are not going to punish any of the Dirty Dozen with sporting penalties, including those that have yet to formally pull out of the ESL, it also reports that the price for withdrawing from the ill-concieved plan is circa £130m per club - it's not clear to whom that £130m is to be paid to as JP Morgan has pulled its financial support of the ESL.
Derek Thomas
6 Posted 26/04/2021 at 09:19:02
Barry @ 5; There is probably already a financial entity call The ESL...which has probably been set up to administer the 'prize money' by the 12 Judases.
Brian Harrison
7 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:02:47
Nothing is going to happen neither UEFA or the Premier League will take any action to upset the septic 6. Many of the other clubs in the Premier league are just happy they havent left, as they know without them the money each would receive from Sky would create massive problems for them.

So we will have these 6 for possibly another year, as Perez has said this is not dead just on hold till they can come up with a more agreeable format. So Everton and the rest of the 2nd tier Premier clubs don't rely on Sky money for to much longer.


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