The Super League news has put the football world into turmoil. While the new league bosses, national leagues, UEFA and FIFA are rallying the troops, fans are trying to figure out if it's the doomsday or a new beginning.
Lots of football supporters have joined UEFA and FIFA officials, TV pundits and football legends to voice their utter disappointment with the concept presented by Florentino Perez and Co.
'Disgrace', 'greediness', 'lack of ambition' - these words aren't the strongest addressed at the 12 founding members of the Super League on social media. However, there are a lot of fans who are genuinely up for the new league and expect it to be entertaining and beneficial for all parties involved.
Anti-Super League camp
caro (Twitter): "I will fully be supporting Leeds and Sevilla as long as Liverpool and Barca are part of ESL. Switching teams because a club no longer represents the values you stand for isn’t being disloyal – it’s staying true to who you f****ing are. F*** Super League."
Ekundayo Collins Olajide-Osarumen (Twitter): "The only reason why super ambitious teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid support an idea where the competition is utterly zero is only because of money! Arsenal joining is both the money and lack of competition! Zero ambition!"
Lirid (Reddit): "When these people get rich enough, they start competing for status. They want to make more millions than other millionaires, more billions than other billionaires. 'My neighbor bought a yacht for 40 million, I need to buy one for 50 or else I look poor.' It’s a sickness."
Bharath Gowda (Twitter): "Perez has officially become the Putin of football.”
Aaron Kearney (Twitter): "Observing and working in pro sport for decades, one thing has proven most true. The very skill set required to make enough money to buy a pro team makes you woeful at comprehending, let alone embracing, the hopes, dreams, community and connections that team embodies."
Andrew Evans (Tribuna): "We will end up like American leagues, it's not a sport over there, it's a business. If the owner does not like how he is treated, he picks his ball up and goes somewhere else."
justsayingworld (Twitter): "What a disgrace! Your fans are who built and maintain your clubs. Greed. Arrogance. It wasn’t broken."
Zedsdeadbaby99 (Reddit): "If they could legally murder you for an extra couple of quid, they would. Make no mistake, these people are broken inside."
Pro-Super League camp
Iain Dell (Twitter): "Definitely up for Liverpool to join a super league and get away from these little teams who play anti-football (Spurs, Burnley, Sheffield United, anyone managed by Sam Allardyce, you get the picture)
Mr foster (Tribuna): "Don't forget big clubs pay more wages than the small clubs, I can understand their point of view paying salary to workers and no income coming in, nobody wants to do business and lose, please you guys shouldn't get me wrong, cause I understand what they are passing through, due to the COVID-19 many workers lost their works and I'm one of them, if there's no income coming in how can they pay you?"
Saladmaekers_stan (Twitter): "I don’t think the Super League would get stale. I envision the league being super tight, with every game being super important. And the football itself would necessarily be awesome. How does any of that sound stale?"
Omar Nabet (Tribuna): "I do not understand why so many people are protesting. The ESL does not mean there won’t be PL or Champions League. There will be other clubs to win and compete. Bayern, Dortmund, Napoli, Ajax, Roma, PSG, Leicester, West Ham. And I can go on and on with a long list. Yeah, maybe the big clubs do not appear anymore in these competitions. But maybe that’s not a bad thing after all. Maybe instead of playing so many competitions, they play that one majestic elite European competition between themselves."
AFRICAN THOR (Twitter): "I hope the Super League happens. Football has become boring. We are football fans, we should not give a damn about how much money clubs will make. The competition will be great. Champions League has become boring AF."
Brian Doyle (Tribuna): "Am I missing something but hasn't the English Premier League and CL only ever been about money and not grassroots football fans? Even before COVID every season clubs would struggle trying to make enough money to pay the electric bill let alone their players or the tax man. We've got players that earn more in a few hours than what my parents would make in a year. Football hasn't just been about winning cups for a long time."
Filip (Twitter): "What younger fans need to understand is that change is needed in football, UEFA and FIFA don’t see that because they don’t care, they are being made out like the victims when they are even worse because they have been ruining football for decades. If UEFA or FIFA cared about football they would never choose to bring it to Qatar and we as football fans should ask ourselves why didn’t we stand up like this when that happened?"