Fans Take Action On The Super League

David Blanton

Fans all over the world have experienced a conflict within the sport that they love, Football (soccer). Recently it was announced that there was going to be a Super League created by Florentino Perez. The Super League would include some of the biggest teams in Europe such as Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, AC Milan, The Big 6 in the Premier League and more. The biggest teams in Europe competing in a league may not sound bad to some, but it is a big issue to others. This is because Football is a game that is unexpected meaning smaller clubs beating bigger clubs in games and this is what fans enjoy seeing. Creating a league that is only the biggest teams would eliminate this excitement. Also, the promotion system which allows teams from the second division to be promoted to the next division would be left behind.

Where the fans come to an agreement that the Super League is not good is when UEFA released news that players who participate in the Super League cannot play for their national team and the teams that are still in the Champions League will not be able to participate. Players not being able to participate in the World Cup would be a major issue as players like Ronaldo, Messi, Modric, Kroos, etc. could be playing their last World Cup and they are all part of the teams that were participating in the Super League. Overall fans did not want to see the thrill of football go away just to allow clubs that are already rich, get richer. Owen Velez of the RHS Varsity Soccer team says “It’s sad to see that this could be the future of soccer many memories and dreams will be thrown away”. This was also a similar response from many professional footballers. Bruno Fernandes saying “Dreams can’t be bought”. on Instagram. 

Luckily for fans who were against the Super League, it was suspended on Apr. 20, but this does not mean that it will not be returning. The Super League made a statement saying ‘Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project’. So we may see the Super League back in the future with better rules to accommodate the fans’ and players’ desires. To see more on how the Super League fell apart click here. In conclusion, football fans and many players have made it clear that football is fine the way it is right now, and drastically changing it will take away the “The Beautiful Game”.