Some Tottenham fans on social media are enraged at the announcement that the club have become one of the twelve founding members of the European Super League.
It was announced yesterday that the Premier League’s ‘big six’, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have signed up for the competition, which will be played during midweek.
According to the rules of the proposed competition, founding clubs cannot be relegated from the tournament and their place in it will be preserved irrespective of their performances.
This proposal has led to a lot of outrage across the footballing world, with some pundits calling for authorities to come down hard on the clubs involved.
UEFA, the FA, the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation and Lega Serie A have released a joint statement indicating that they would be using all measures, both judicial and sporting, to prevent the competition from happening.
While some Spurs fans admitted that they were embarrassed that the Lilywhites signed up for the tournament, a few others actually praised the work Daniel Levy has done to ensure Tottenham got invited to the competition.
#thfc Shame on Spurs for being part of this. If this scheme had been devised 20 years ago I doubt they’d have had a seat at the table. Now they’re there, they want to make sure no-one else can make the same jump. It’s hideous and no temporary custodian should be able to do this.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) April 18, 2021
Saying goodbye to moments like this, for the sake of money.
— Jacob (@JacobTHFC_) April 18, 2021
🗣 “We must always consider our supporters, for without them there would be no professional football.” – Bill Nicholson.
We are so, so ashamed and have never been more embarrassed, @SpursOfficial.
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) April 19, 2021
This is the most shameful moment in our club’s history and I don’t know if there’s any coming back from it. https://t.co/S1YiW6n7vc
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) April 19, 2021
The pathetic stuff on the pitch. The manager. The super league. No fans in the ground. Levy. Hitchen. All that furlough bollocks. Feels harder than ever to love spurs at the moment
— Billie (@Billie_T) April 18, 2021
Levy is a genius for even getting us in this conversation. If the others go do we stay where we are? I’m not for it but if this happens and we’ve been invited do we turn it down? How can we?
— JaiP (@JaiP72) April 19, 2021
Blimey that statement. We are incredibly fortunate to be in this. Levy must have known this was coming and hence built the stadium. Pretty gobsmacking amounts of money staggering stuff 😳
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) April 18, 2021
Daniel Levy knew this 10 years ago.
When did Spurs begin plans for a new stadium? 2009.
That’s when Wenger reported about the new Super League.
The stadium is the only reason we qualify for this.
That’s why we never spent any money in the windows.
— Blauer 🚀 (@BlauerTHFC) April 18, 2021
A lot of fans have wanted us to have the chance to be an Elite club for years, we get a chance to sit at the top table then everyone moans.
Who’s right , who’s wrong ?
Let’s see what this ‘leak’ before the new CL schedule is announced today brings..
— • ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴇʟʟɪs • (@fullback03) April 19, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no doubt that this tournament will spell the end of football as we know it. A Franchise format goes against the very core of football as the game is about meritocracy and fans being able to dream that their club could one day ascend to the top of the footballing pyramid.
However, at the same time, it makes little sense to criticise Daniel Levy for signing up for the competition. From a business point of view, the club had to sign up for it if we they were invited. I still believe that this tournament is unlikely to go through and these 15 clubs have just taken this step to improve their bargaining position in order to negotiate a deal that allows them to have a bigger share of the pie.
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