On Sunday April 14th, 12 European soccer clubs announced a new “super league” that would act independent of the UEFA. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham are the clubs announced as founding members. Just after the announcement was made, the soccer community erupted.
Across the world, there are over 4 billion fans that share the love for the sport. After the announcement was made on Sunday it seemed as if the entire community did not approve. Many have said that the clubs involved forgot about the fans. Sport reporting companies such as ESPN wrote articles with headlines titled “Super league is only wanted by a cabal of Europe’s Elite club owners: Fans have been forgotten.”. This seems to be the overall opinion toward the super league announcement.
Put simply, the super league would be the equivalent to the top four teams from each NBA conference breaking off and creating a league in which only they got to play. As you can see, fans would be torn apart and it seems that is what is happening here.
The UEFA and FIFA have made threats, saying that if these clubs go ahead with the league, they could be removed from there current leagues and their players banned from international games. The opinions of most of the individual players on this announcement are unknown, so fans are waiting anxiously to hear their perspectives so that they can gain a full understanding of the issues at hand.