By now football lovers all over the world have had time to react to the news of The European Super League. It came as a shock to most football fans. It almost seemed as if fans have been betrayed by their respective teams. And on paper, it seems like the focus of football has shifted from fans to money.

Well, Arsene Wenger back then was of the opinion that the way team owners are pumping money into the game will in the long run have a negative effect on football in general. But when the likes of Chelsea and more recently Manchester City benefited from an inflow of cash from their owners, everybody claimed it was about winning for the fans. Even Mourinho who thinks he is standing on the moral high grounds never complained when the money was coming only in his direction and Chelsea was winning everything there was to win domestically.

Now let us talk about UEFA. How dare UEFA claim they are fighting for the fans just because someone wants to give them a run for their money? Maybe if they share the profits from Champions League and Europa league nights more fairly between competing teams, top teams might not have the need to pull out.

Where was this care for fans when hearts were ripped from chests and broken when their favorite players were sold to rivals? Wasn’t it about the cash then? But all of a sudden UEFA is now playing humanitarian to fans. Well, some of us don’t buy it. Greed might have made the top teams opt of The ESL but let us not pretend that UEFA fighting is not based on greed too. Like it is said, “money makes the world go round”.

Well, fans do have a right to their opinion about The European Super League, but I feel The ESL has been misunderstood and as usual, the world is always trying to resist change at the first sight without analyzing it objectively. First and foremost, how did The English Premier League for example begin?

The English Premier League was founded on 20th February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal that was worth around £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013-14. Now talk about money and greed being the drive.

From The ESL proposal, the competition does not affect these teams in their various league in any way. It is meant to be a midweek competition leaving weekends free for league games (as it is the norm right now). So the argument about fans not getting to see their local clubs play should not be the case here.

Threats about local leagues expelling these founding members of the European Super League cannot possibly be serious. Take away the so-called top six: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool from The English Premier League and the league will not just be the same. It would lose its prestige and revenue. The same can be said about La Liga with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona currently occupying first, second and third respectively in the league. From Serie A, I fail to see how they can cope without AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus. Yes many praise The German Bundesliga teams like Dortmund and Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) of Ligue 1 for turning down the idea of the super league, the one has to wonder, for how long? With JP Morgan financing this project, it would be hard for these teams not to join the moving train or be left behind.

Let us face it, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Dortmund might be great teams but they are not enough to sustain UEFA. As I said, it seems just a matter of time and the right amount. Besides I personally believe everybody has a price, some higher than others.

A lot of threats have been coming up about players who participate in The European Super League not being eligible to play for their National Teams just sounds baseless at best. I mean how do you expect a player with a contract with a parent club not to honor such a contract? Players are just pawns in this game and are at the disposal of the club owner’s disposal. So why get punished for the decisions of their employers?

Many argue that The ESL will become boring because they will be watching these top teams play too regularly against each other. But let us face it, it is these same set of big teams that qualify for these UEFA competitions (Champions League and Europa League) yearly. So if it was not boring then, why would it be now? Besides, if we are, to be honest, The UEFA Champions League was beginning to lose its prestige anyways. Isn’t it better they go out like this (still held in high esteem to other football competitions)?

Do not get me wrong, UEFA has the right to deploy whatever means they deem legal to try and fight or stop The ESL from taking off but they should not drag fans into this. They have no moral right to claim they are doing this for the fans. Everybody is after his or her pocket including UEFA and may the highest bidder win. Right now it seems like The European Super League is outbidding UEFA and it is more lucrative for the participating clubs. Therefore in a world of “money answereth all things”, May the one with the most money win. Because at the end of the day, it was never about the fans. The fans will always be here to watch whatever appeals to us for the love of our team and we are not going to be caught in the crossfire between UEFA and The European Super League because, at the end of the day, none of them (both The ESL and UEFA) care about us. It has always been about their pockets and their inflated ego.

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