Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani pokes fun at apparent collapse of European Super League

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has poked fun at the apparent collapse of the planned European Super League.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:12 pm
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Plans for a new competition set up by 12 clubs from across Europe emerged over the weekend but appear to have been scrapped already.

Six Premier League teams - Manchester United Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City - had signed up for the tournament that was set to challenge the UEFA Champions League.

The breakaway competition would've seen the establishment of a ‘closed league’ across Europe, without the threat of relegation for the 12 founding members.

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The dozen teams – which included Spanish sides Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as well as Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan from Italy – came in for scathing criticism from across world football after the plans surfaced.

Chelsea were reportedly the first club to pull their support for the proposed competition on Tuesday before Manchester City also drew up documentation which signalled their intent to not go ahead with the idea.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are expected to follow suit, leaving the proposals in pieces.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has also reportedly resigned from his position at Old Trafford - though could remain in post until the end of the year.

Protests were held at Elland Road on Monday night ahead of United's match with Liverpool before Chelsea fans gathered outside of Stamford Bridge prior to their clash with Brighton on Tuesday,

Leeds themselves placed a banner in the Don Revie stand and wore t-shirts during their pre-match warm-up with the same message. It read: "Earn it. Football is for the fans."

The Leeds United Supporters' Trust organised a plane to fly over the ground ahead of the game which said: "Say no to the Super League."

Whites majority owner Radrizzani has been vocal in his criticism of the idea in recent days and amid the breaking news of its impending collapse tweeted: "The One Day league?"

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

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