Crouch labels European Super League idea a 'DISGRACE'

Ex-Tottenham striker Peter Crouch labels European Super League a ‘DISGRACE’ and insists ‘Big Six’ are showing a ‘total disregard’ for the Premier League… while Gary Lineker believes it is a ‘power play’ with UEFA

  • Tottenham are one of 12 clubs who have signed up for a European Super League 
  • The plans, announced on Sunday, have been condemned in many quarters 
  • Peter Crouch has questioned why Premier League clubs are getting involved 
  • Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, meanwhile, says it is a ‘power play’ 
  • Tottenham also sacked their manager Jose Mourinho on Monday morning  

Former Tottenham forward Peter Crouch has labelled the creation of the European Super League a ‘disgrace’, showing ‘no regard for the history of our competitions.’ 

Spurs are one of 12 clubs – alongside the other five teams in the Premier League ‘Big Six’, three Spanish clubs and three Italian teams – who have committed to the breakaway competition. 

In a 24-hour period when manager Jose Mourinho has been sacked as manager, it is nothing short of turmoil in north London currently but ex-striker and Sportsmail columnist Crouch has had his decisive say on the formation of the much-maligned Super League.  


Former Tottenham forward Peter Crouch (left) has labelled the European Super League a ‘disgrace’ (pictured right: Spurs owner Joe Lewis with chairman Daniel Levy) 

Tottenham are one of the 12 clubs who have committed to the creation of a Super League 

‘It’s a disgrace. For six clubs to want to press ahead with a move like this shows no regard for the history of our competitions and what, in turn, those competitions have helped those clubs achieve,’ he said in his weekly Sportsmail column on Monday. 

‘What are the six clubs doing to others such as Everton, West Ham or Leicester, for instance, who have been trying their hardest to get into the Champions League this season? 

‘Why are the six looking to breakaway showing a total disregard to everything they have here?

‘We have got the Premier League, a competition with more than enough money and exposure. We do not need a European Super League in the way Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and others do. Why are we looking to dilute everything to follow them? We do not need to be part of it.

‘I fear, however, that executives just will not care. If Barcelona versus Liverpool is on TV of a Saturday evening, let’s be honest — people are going to tune in to watch it.’

Gary Lineker was vocal in his opposition for the Super League and says it is a ‘power play’ 

Another former Tottenham forward, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, believes it is a power play from Europe’s biggest clubs in talks with UEFA.   

‘Sense this Super League plot will die on its preposterous and avaricious a***,’ he tweeted. 

In a series of more tweets, he said: ‘Looking forward to the compromise with UEFA and the clubs….which, I sense, is what this is all been designed for. A power play. 

‘Football is nothing without its fans. We’ve seen that clearly over the last 12 months. If fans stand as one against this anti-football pyramid scheme, it can be stopped in its tracks.’ 

SUPER LEAGUE FULL STATEMENT AND COMPETITION FORMAT

Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today [Sunday] come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.

It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable. Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.

The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.

The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.

In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.

Competition Format

• 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

• Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.

• An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals.

Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

As soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game. 

The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. These solidarity payments will be substantially higher than those generated by the current European competition and are expected to be in excess of €10 billion (£8.7bn) during the course of the initial commitment period of the Clubs.

In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial foundation with all Founding Clubs signing up to a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion (£3bn) solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic. Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid and the first Chairman of the Super League said: ‘We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.’

Backing the new European league, Andrea Agnelli, Chairman of Juventus and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said: ‘Our 12 Founder clubs represent billions of fans across the globe and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, enabling European competition to be transformed, putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of headline fixtures that will feed their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models.’

Joel Glazer, Co-Chairman of Manchester United and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said: ‘By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.’




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