Everton have released a statement to officially condemn other Premier League clubs planning to break away into a European Super League.
The ‘big six’ teams in the English top flight have announced their intentions to join a new European Super League. The competition would rival the Champions League by putting the continent’s biggest clubs up against each other. However, many have condemned the idea.
The ESL’s proponents argue it would benefit the game financially. But others see it as a way to increase the gap between clubs of different statures.
Hence, some want the six Premier League teams involved in the competition to pull out.
And now Everton have added their voice to those calling for the plans to end. They had some strong words in a club statement.
It read: “Everton is saddened and disappointed to see proposals of a breakaway league pushed forward by six clubs.
“Six clubs acting entirely in their own interests. Six clubs tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game.
“Six clubs choosing to disrespect every other club with whom they sit around the Premier League table.
“Six clubs taking for granted and even betraying the majority of football supporters across our country and beyond.
“At this time of national and international crisis – and a defining period for our game – clubs should be working together collaboratively with the ideals of our game and its supporters uppermost.
“Instead, these clubs have been secretly conspiring to break away from a football pyramid that has served them so well.
“And in that Pyramid Everton salutes EVERY club, be it Leicester City, Accrington Stanley, Gillingham, Lincoln City, Morecambe, Southend United, Notts County and the rest who have, with their very being, enriched the lives of their supporters throughout the game’s history. And vice versa.
“The self-proclaimed Super Six appear intent on disenfranchising supporters across the game – including their own – by putting the very structure that underpins the game we love under threat.”
Everton claim clubs deserve backlash
Everton’s statement continued by claiming that the secrecy behind the European Super League has lowered trust in the game. In fact, they believe it could be at its lowest-ever point.
“The backlash is understandable and deserved – and has to be listened to. This preposterous arrogance is not wanted anywhere in football outside of the clubs that have drafted this plan.
“On behalf of everyone associated with Everton, we respectfully ask that the proposals are immediately withdrawn and that the private meetings and subversive practises that have brought our beautiful game to possibly its lowest ever position in terms of trust end now.
“Finally we would ask the owners, chairmen, and Board members of the six clubs to remember the privileged position they hold – not only as custodians of their clubs but also custodians of the game. The responsibility they carry should be taken seriously.
“We urge them all to consider what they wish their legacy to be.”
The Everton FC Board of Directors signed off the statement.