Football is our game and don't you dare try to take it from us - YEP Comment

Football is our game, don’t you dare try to take it from us.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 8:26 am

That is the cry today from Leeds United fans, and football supporters, the world over.

Leeds United supporters are among the most passionate in the world and it was fitting that on Monday night they got to be the first to represent football’s moral high ground against the greedy land grab being made by Liverpool and the other members of English football’s ‘despicable six’.

Leeds fans stood up for football with their protests, their flags, their banners and their fly-by.

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Leeds United players protested during the match against Liverpool at Elland Road on Monday night. Picture: PA.

But it should be noted they did not stand alone, Liverpool fans – embarrassed by the actions of men who claim to represent their club 3,000 miles away – joined in the protests.

What the breakaway six and other members of the European Super League rebels proposed with their closed-shop division strikes at the heart of what has made football so very special for 150 years.

The sense of competition. The sense of hope. The sense of adventure.

Leeds have had some stirring moments in continental football, some moments of genuine heartbreak as well.

But it’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

Especially now Marcelo Bielsa, that model of footballing integrity, has brought Leeds back into relevance on the world stage.

Over the next year or two he might have Leeds knocking on the door of European competition once again.

Take that possibility away now with this arrogant European Super League and these bean counters risk ripping the soul out of football.

Fans from Middleton to Merseyside, Seacroft to Spain, need to keep the momentum up with their opposition to this preposterous proposal.

Leeds are united. Football is united.

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