SPIRIT OF SHANKLY: Group slams European Super League
Supporters Union Spirit of Shankly are calling for a fundamental change in football governance and the equitable distribution of the money involved in the beautiful game.
This comes amid the continued fallout from this week's announcement that would have seen Liverpool join a number of clubs across Europe breakaway to form their own competition.
In a statement Spirit of Shankly said;
“It has been a tumultuous, sickening few days for us all. Spirit of Shankly have always asked for honesty, integrity and transparency from club owners FSG, but the arrogance and deception they have shown behind this money-grab is frightening. But not surprising.
We have noted John Henry’s apology, but this PR exercise is too little too late. These crocodile tears will not wash. Actions speak louder than ‘hollow’ words. Liverpool Football Club is not an American franchise, it is a community steeped in history and tradition.
The ‘future of football’ came crashing down in 48 hours because of the solidarity and outcry of ‘legacy’ fans across the country. This debacle must be a catalyst for real change, not an exercise in damage limitation.
Our owners have thrown everyone under the bus, supporters, manager, players and staff, and humiliated themselves through sheer greed and arrogance. The hypocrisy of the Premier League and broadcasters has also been noted. They have never considered the fans in their own gold rush and have treated us with thinly disguised contempt over the years.
We need a fundamental change in football governance, one that is fair for the whole football pyramid, not just the rapacious elite. We need a model that promises equitable distribution of the vast amounts of money involved in the beautiful game, our game.
During this confusion UEFA have gladly portrayed themselves as the progressive force. Nothing could be further from the truth and their new Champions League format is a disgrace. One that must be resisted immediately.
We will be consulting with our members to gauge their opinion on our next steps.”
The proposals for the European Super League effectively collapsed after the six English teams that were set to be involved pulled out amid outrage from fans, footballers and politicians. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, James Milner and captain Jordan Henderson all spoke out against the move.
Spirit of Shankly say they've received an "unprecedented" uptake in enquiries this week, with membership increasing by around 25%. The group will now be consulting with their members to gauge their opinion on what steps to take next, but say this debacle must be a catalyst for real change in the sport. They've also been damming of Liverpool's owner John W Henry's apology.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the project, which has been in the pipeline for three years is merely on "standby" despite the fact that the majority of the twelve founding members have pulled out.
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