Leeds United CEO predicts Premier League ownership changes and mocks Liverpool 'hostage video' apology
New Premier League regulations and supporter input will frustrate ambitions at top clubs to the point of ownership change, Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear predicts.
Kinnear insists the footballing world remains unconvinced by the apologies issued by 'big six' owners since the botched and aborted launch of a European Super League and took aim at Liverpool owner John Henry for the video in which he expressed contrition to Reds supporters.
"The fall-out from the failed European Super League proposal has continued, and while the demonstration at Old Trafford stole the headlines, it is the nascent regulatory work of the Premier League, the FA and UEFA that will have the longest lasting impact," he said.
"Fortunately the footballing world has not been fooled by the follow expressions of contrition (even when delivered in the compelling format of a hostage video) and recognise that the protagonists ultimately will, over the longer term, remain obdurate in trying to create the footballing oligopoly they crave. However, I believe the new regulations enshrining the principles of meritocracy, sustainability, financial solidarity and formalised supporter consultation will frustrate their ambitions to such an extent it will provoke a number of changes in ownership."
The plans for a breakaway competition involving a dozen of Europe's top clubs prompted protests from supporters at Elland Road before Leeds' clash with Liverpool and last weekend Manchester United fans forced the postponement of their club's game against the Reds by breaking into Old Trafford.
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