21.04.2021 - 07:16 Uhr
Keep track of all the latest developmentsSuper League on brink as ‘big six’ walk awayCompetition organisers vow to ‘reshape’ planAnd you can email Jonathan, tweet or comment below 6.16am BST They must have factored in that there would be some initial condemnation of their plan. But if they genuinely believed it was going to be successful they must've been willing to ride out the early protests. Instead they've all caved in at the first signs of backlash. Just makes them look incompetent as well as selfish. 6.12am BST Aleksander Ceferin talked tough when the Super League plans were first mooted but the Uefa chief has struck a conciliatory tone following the unravelling of the breakaway competition. Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin, who called some representatives of the 12 breakaway Super League clubs ‘snakes and liars’ on Monday, welcomes them back in the fold. Doesn’t appear Uefa will punish or seek to curb their power 6.09am BST As with Barney’s column, there’s a theme amongst the correspondence I’m receiving that this moment must be seized by the football community, not only to prevent a similar hijacking unfolding in the future, but also to harness the momentum this episode has provoked to make necessary reforms.For example: “What a wonderful victory for the fans,” emails Mary Waltz. “But you can’t let up, the government must pass laws to make sure this never happens. The Glazers, Kroenke etc will never give up their dream of an NFL style franchise system. These people are not used to not getting their way. They will eventually try again unless the law stops them.” Related: PM sides with fans in Super League outcry – but will he stay with them? | David Conn 5.59am BST Unless this story takes an unexpected turn, its next phase will concern the fallout from an incredible couple of days. Barney Ronay has considered what it means, and how this fiasco has brought the need for major reform to a head.If there is a lesson here, it is in the startling unity of feeling, the sheer anger at peering in through the stadium gate to see someone rolling up the pitch, and feeling not just enraged but empowered by the prospect. It is a feeling of shared force that must be preserved and kept safe for future deployment. This is far from over. The ESL may be postponed, may soldier on with different parties involved or be simply parked, a menacing satellite entity. But the concerns of those involved must also be heard. Your enemy’s enemy is not always your friend – and the clubs are also right in this: football’s governing bodies are self-serving and opaque. Reform is absolutely vital: better it comes from below than in this form again. Related: England’s big six have backed down but Super League fight isn’t over | Barney Ronay 5.56am BST Even if the ESL is "reshaping its project " I don't think any English club would dare to go anywhere near this anytime in the near future.....The big question now is what punishment , if any , is most appropriate for the six clubs involved ? 5.51am BST Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw with Brighton last night, providing fans an opportunity to voice their opposition to the Super League proposals. 5.36am BST Good morning legacy fans and welcome to the Wednesday edition of The Guardian’s liveblog documenting the latest developments in the European Super League. It seems inevitable we are in for another momentous day as late last night a frenzy of activity concluded with a statement from the Super League that indicated the controversial project was now on hold. “Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project,” read the announcement. Related: European Super League vows to ‘reshape’ after English clubs pull out Related: England’s big six pull out of European Super League: what they said Related: Timeline: European Super League’s rise and fall – in two and a half days Continue reading...



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