In the span of just 48 hours, the European Super League was created as well as discontinued. All thanks to the fighting spirit shown by the people who love the game. Having said so, many club owners are finding it difficult to remain in power. One such person is John W Henry who is the owner of the Premier League club, Liverpool.
Well wasn’t that eventful. A club that was formed by the owners of the top 12 clubs across Europe was shunned by the fans. All the 12 clubs had signed the pact to join the Super League. If it had proceeded according to the plans, the competition was due to start in August.
The main objective of the league was to cover up the debt. During the pandemic, every club had suffered a financial loss. However, given their image, the top clubs were the biggest victims. Because of which they shook hands to start this. The 12 clubs from Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A would remain permanent members of the competition, which meant that they would be getting annual fixed payment despite where they end up in the league.
UEFA had mentioned their point of view and had the same reaction as that of the fans. They had prepared the most severe punishment in case the clubs decided to continue despite the warnings. The domestic leagues and the respective Football Associations along with UEFA had decided to kick them out from every competition they were active in.
However, the situation didn’t proceed that far. The Premier League clubs took the first step. Manchester City were the first club to withdraw from the breakaway competition, followed by the remaining clubs. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and AC Milan are the remaining clubs that are still officially involved.
Liverpool owner John W Henry pressurised for an exit by the fans
The impact of the decision made last night has been immense. With Manchester United withdrawing from the Super League, the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward also stepped down from his duties at Old Trafford.
He will be leaving once the season is completed. His departure means the Glazer family will have lost their backbone and might also exit the club as they won’t have a happy welcoming by the fans.
Liverpool are also in a similar situation with fans really frustrated by the club owner. John W Henry, who owns the Liverpool club since 2010 was left speechless after the reaction from the fans to the decision he made. He was seen avoiding the media whenever approached. However, today he took the club’s social media to address the people.
“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the last 48 hours. It goes without saying but should be said, the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans.
No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.”
The problem was that they didn’t consider asking the fans what they felt about the league. Forget the fans, they even failed to communicate the information with the team staff and the players. This was what the backlash was partly comprised of.
But John has tried his best to regain the trust. In fact, he is the only one who has officially stated an apology. The fans of the other club will be pushing their owners to do the same.