Preston North End have released a statement in response to suggestions of a European Super League, which would see top football teams competing against one another.Advertisement
PNE say the move could destroy the English football pyramid and nearly 150 years of history.
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The statement reads: “We have noted with disappointment the suggestion that a European Super League be formed as a means of concentrating yet more wealth into the hands of the few.
“Those English clubs who feel that such an attempt at a wealth power grab, thereby undermining and potentially destroying the English football pyramid, should look themselves in the mirror.
“If one takes the status of these so called big six over a longer time frame than just the formation of the Premier League it would take a wise person to guess at who these so called top six are.
“Over a sustained historic period, the suggestion that these clubs have been at the forefront of domestic trophy winning or domination doesn’t stand the test of scrutiny.
“Performance on the field of play with promotion and relegation and qualification for European competition based on winning football matches is a fundamental part of European football history.
“Having just experienced the devastating financial impact of Covid on football finances, English football urgently needs a fairer distribution of monies throughout the Leagues not a money power grab by the self-appointed few.
“There is already a huge disparity between the finances available to the top 20 clubs rather the rest of the football pyramid and many are in dire financial straits. This breakaway could destroy nearly 150 years of football history for short term riches for the few.
“The underlying principle that these breakaway clubs appear to have completely disregarded is that football is most importantly about its supporters. This European Super League plan has totally ignored their voice which is unacceptable.
“We are looking to Government, FIFA, UEFA, The FA, The Premier League and the EFL to ensure that this proposal is stopped in its tracks and the future of the English game as a whole is secured.”
Many North Enders took to Facebook to show their support for the statement.
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John Wilson said: “Well said PNE and I agree with everything you said. Unfortunately it is shouting in a vacuum as the 6 clubs and others will do as they wish anyway with or without other’s consent.”
Paul Greenwood said: “Absolutely this needs to be cut dead at the source and punish those teams who want to rip the heart and soul out of our wonderful game, and as a founder member along with the others we need to all stick together what ever team we support in our pyramid and eradicate the pure greed of these people for good.”
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