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Everton: Christopher Beesley slams European Super League comments

Everton: Christopher Beesley slams European Super League comments -Everton News

The Liverpool Echo’s Everton reporter Christopher Beesley has ripped into Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for his latest comments about the proposed European Super League (ESL).

The lowdown

In April 2021, six Premier League clubs – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United – agreed to become founding members of the ESL, which would have been a closed shop and could have hurt excluded clubs such as Everton.

Ultimately, all six English participants withdrew amid a wide-ranging backlash, but Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona remain committed to the competition (via The Mirror).

Indeed, Perez said recently that ‘our beloved sport is sick’ as he refuses to give up on the proposal.

The latest

Taking to Twitter, Beesley strongly rebuked Perez for his remarks and accused him of outright ‘greed’.

The reporter tweeted: “‘Sick’ claim shows Everton, their new stadium and indeed most of football still face a threat from European Super League greed”.

In the attached Liverpool Echo article, he adds: “The only thing that is sick is his relentless pursuit of money at the expense of a level playing field.”

The verdict

Everton were understandably strong in their opposition to the ESL from the outset. Club CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale accused the clubs involved of ‘disenfranchising supporters across the game and undermining the very structure of the pyramid’.

She vowed to ‘do everything possible to ensure’ that the club’s ‘position on these proposals is made in the strongest possible terms’, and that the ‘voice of Evertonians is heard, loud and clear’.

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The Toffees are investing in a new £500m stadium but, as Beesley points out, the departure of the so-called ‘big six’ from the Premier League could dramatically reduce the division’s commercial appeal and make it harder for Everton to draw capacity crowds to their impending new home at Bramley-Moore Dock.

In turn, that would have huge financial ramifications for the remaining clubs, so it’s little wonder that Beesley feels so strongly about Perez’s recent comments.


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