Twelve of Europe’s top clubs have announced plans for a Super League that would break away from UEFA’s current European competitions.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool were amongst six English clubs that joined Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan in announcing their plans to join the new competition.
Madrid president Florentino Perez has been confirmed as the main figure in the plans for the new league, with Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United, announced as vice-chairman of the Super League.
UEFA released a statement, joint with the FA, Premier League, Royal Spanish Football Federation, La Liga, the Italian Football Federation and Lega Serie A condemning the actions of the teams in their decision to break away.
The news of the Super League has caused a stir of social media amongst fans and media, who are opposed to the idea of the competition.
Here is a selection of the reactions:
Boris Johnson: Plans for a European Super League would be very damaging for football and we support football authorities in taking action. The clubs involved must answer to their fans and the wider footballing community before taking any further steps.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 18, 2021
@henrywinter: Cowardly owners not fronting up, just releasing statements, leaving it to managers pre/post-match to answer questions on clubs’ contempt for their fans and rest of football. Tuchel this afternoon, Klopp tonight. Good people put in unfair positions by owners.
@Scott_7231: Killing the game.
@Wandefied: You’ve got absolutely no respect for us all. Shame on you!!!
@lauriewhitwell: Nauseating that a money grab is marketed as a love for football.
@CatharineHoey: Time for @premierleague and @FA to show courage and refuse admission to next season’s competitions for the six English clubs, but they must mean it when they threaten it.
😡 | "I'm a #MUFC fan and I'm absolutely disgusted."
💥 | "They are an absolute joke."@GNev2 gives a brutally honest reaction to reports that England's biggest clubs are expected to be part of plans for a breakaway European Super League.pic.twitter.com/qvAPKdLxwN
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 18, 2021