The decision by Chelsea Football Club is a mistake it is protectionist greed that devalues the game. When it comes to money vs the fans the club frequently ends up on the wrong side of the debate
One of the things that makes football stand out compared to other global sports is that in theory at least it is a true meritocracy. A team can be spawned in the lower reaches of the football pyramid and if they win enough games, get promoted time and time again they will eventually end up at the top of the footballing pyramid.
This is the essence of football the hope that with a fair wind and hard work any team can find glory.
In the Premier League the stories of Bournemouth, Brighton Cardiff and Swansea show teams that have been at every level of the football league to find their way to the Premier League and even Europe. A European Super League kills the dream of clubs making it to the top table and ruin the competitive spirit of the game.
With power balances constantly shifting, those at the top are planting a flag to make their performance and merit irrelevant to their earning potential.
The Super League is simply protectionism by self anointed top clubs. It is worth noting that two signatories Liverpool and Arsenal are not currently due to be in the top four this season and the latter has not competed for quite a few years.
Why I Oppose A European Super League
This European Super League is not one designed to add more entertainment or value. It is purely to drive TV revenue and prevent clubs like Arsenal being consigned to mediocrity due to a bad season or two.
It may sound hyperbolic but if the meritocracy hierarchy of football is abolished then I do not see myself continuing to watch, support or spend money on Chelsea Football Club or the game of football itself.
This power grab by billionaires who have long ago hijacked the game from supporters and true believers in competition must be resisted. If Chelsea were to be punished for taking part I would not object.
With no fans in the stadiums this announcement may seem timely, just as we did with the CPO buyout Chelsea fans must disagree with the position of the board and make their voices heard.