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Furious, English supporters demonstrate against the Super League


Hundreds of supporters from different English clubs gathered on Tuesday evening on the outskirts of Stamford Bridge, ahead of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton, to express their anger at the Super League plan.

"RIP (rest in peace), Football 1863-2021", "Created by the poor, stolen by the rich" or "Roman (Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea), make the right decision" ... This Tuesday, on the outskirts of the London stadium of Stamford Bridge which hosts the Chelsea-Brighton meeting, the slogans on the many signs testified to the violence of the rejection of the Super League presented Sunday by 12 European clubs, including 6 English. In addition to Chelsea, the two Manchester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal support this project, with three Spanish and three Italian teams. A project with uncertain life expectancy: the Blues, as well as Manchester City, would be on the verge of withdrawing their participation, according to several British media, including the BBC.

But in the meantime, in London, nearly a thousand football fans have put aside their rivalry for an evening to unite against a project that distorts their sport, according to them. “Manchester City are in my blood, my uncle played for City and everyone in my family is City fan. But I don't want us to be part of this elite, I would still prefer to see us in League Two (D4), ”Zac Bookbinder, 16, told AFP, came to demonstrate with friends. The project, which foresees that 15 of the 20 places in the new competition will be reserved automatically for founding teams every year, has drawn the joint wrath of practically everyone. From the political world to the ancient glory of English football, no one seemed to want to defend the idea.

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Some players or coaches active in the clubs concerned, who have distanced themselves from the proposed concept in daring to tackle their management head-on. “It raises a lot of questions. My personal opinion is that I do not like it and I hope that it will not be done, for example assured James Milner, midfielder of Liverpool, Monday evening, after a match in Leeds (1- 1). “It's not sport when there is no relationship between effort and reward. It is not sport if success is guaranteed or if losing is irrelevant, ”said Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach. At Stamford Bridge, the demonstrators, in a good spirit, blocked traffic in front of the main entrance to the stadium,even preventing the Chelsea bus from returning.

Petr Cech in contact with the demonstrators

Former club goalkeeper and current technical director Petr Cech even had to come out to ask the protesters to please let him through and tried to chat with them. But in the crowd, the slogans "We em ***** the Super League", "We want to get our Chelsea back" were repeated in the heart, and the cars passing in front of the stadium honked in support of the demonstrators, resulting in a conversation at cross purposes. The decision to join the Super League "would ruin years of history" of the club, lamented Danny Bedford, 48, a Blues fan. "I find it a bad joke and just the latest find to extract money from the fans by ruining 116 years of history for the Chelsea Football Club", was carried away this security guard.“They literally tear the heart out of football and its supporters. Chelsea is the heart and soul of this community. Businesses depend on the supporters who come every week to spend thousands and thousands of pounds, all so that bigwigs behind a desk send it all. "

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-04-20

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