'Earn it on the pitch' - Leeds United unveil Elland Road banner opposing European Super League ahead of Liverpool clash

Leeds United have unveiled a banner opposing the plans for a newly-formed European Super League.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:17 pm
Leeds United unveil European Super League banner for Liverpool clash. Picture: Jonathan Buchan (BBC Radio Leeds)

Reports emerged on Sunday that the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur intended to join a rebel competition.

Those plans were confirmed later that evening, with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid joining as founding clubs with three more clubs expected to follow before the inaugural season.

Backlash to the idea has been fierce from supporters and pundits alike for the tournament which has been set up to rival the Champions League.

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Leeds have now placed a banner in the Don Revie stand at Elland Road for tonight's top flight clash with Liverpool - one of the clubs involved in the breakaway competition.

"Earn it on the pitch. Football is for the fans," the banner reads in LS11.

Whites majority owner Andrea Radrizzani hit out at the idea on social media earlier on Monday, replying to an Italian journalist on Twitter over the plans.

"[It's] absolutely against the sporting spirit, the dream of millions of fans to conquer the championships on the field, with planning, vision, work," Radrizzani said.

"[It] kills dreams of club players and fans. The teams are fans and WE are the keepers of the club."