For the love of football, please just leave it alone
On paper they sound like mouthwatering matches, but spare a thought for the Burnleys, Bournemouths and Evertons of this world who will in all but name be relegated to a second tier.
But more importantly, spare a thought for the fans who will effectively be priced out of watching their team play in the flesh.
I’ve a former work colleague who ran up a ridiculous amount of debt by watching Manchester United play in Europe back in the early 2000s. He’s probably still paying off the interest on his credit cards now. He would say it was worth it.
So who are the winners in all of this? TV companies will no doubt all be bidding to show the matches each week and will undoubtedly increase their subscription charges.
The clubs, that already do ok moneywise, will be making more. The players themselves, or the good ones at least, will be able to demand more money each week. And the billionaire owners of the elite teams will, well, make more billions.
It stinks of greed. It is unnecessary and will ruin the game for those that love it the most.
This week a funeral service is taking place in Thailand for Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash last month.
He did the impossible at Leicester City and turned a below average Premier League team into Champions. Some say that feat will never be repeated.
If the footballing Gods in their Ivory Towers have their way and create a super league, it won’t for sure. — VNS