Everton’s directors savage the ‘self-proclaimed Super Six’ for their ‘preposterous arrogance in signing up for European Super League’… and say their ‘subversive practices’ have ruined fans’ faith in football
- Everton have attacked the six Premier League clubs founding the Super League
- The Toffees urge those clubs ‘to consider what they wish their legacy to be’
- The world of football is in disarray due to the plans to form a Super League
Everton have issued a withering response to the plans for a European Super League that have plunged football across the continent into chaos.
Issuing a statement on Tuesday morning, the Merseyside club said: ‘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.
Everton’s directors have slated plans by Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ to create a Super League
Liverpool, Everton’s Merseyside neighbours and rivals, are one of the Super League’s founders
‘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. 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 On behalf of everyone associated with Everton, we respectfully ask that the proposals are immediately withdrawn and that the private meetings and subversive practices that have brought our beautiful game to possibly its lowest ever position in terms of trust end now.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.’
Everton’s board of directors include chairman Bill Kenwright (left) and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (right), who are pictured either side of manager Carlo Ancelotti
Marcel Brands (left) also comprises part of the Everton board of directors at Goodison Park
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale (left) and Alexander Ryazantsev (right) are on the board
Liverpool, Everton’s neighbours and rivals, are among the six founder clubs along with Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The remaining teams in Europe to try and bring the competition to life are AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
Everton’s board of directors are majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright, Alexander Ryazantsev, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Marcel Brands.
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