The football world has largely acted with negativity towards the controversial breakaway European Super League.
Here, the PA news agency rounds up the strongest social media reaction to the announcement.
The clubs involved released the news late on Sunday night.
Leading European football clubs announce new Super League competition.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 18, 2021
Leading European football clubs announce new Super League competition: AC Milan joins as Founding Club ➡️ https://t.co/dXiStCInkVI principali Club europei di calcio annunciano la nuova Super League: il Milan tra i Club Fondatori ➡️ https://t.co/b4nWsJ6GCnpic.twitter.com/XrAYgSs8LU— AC Milan (@acmilan) April 18, 2021
Four of the six English clubs involved tweeted out the statements – but neither Manchester City or Manchester United did.
Fan groups of all six were quick to voice their disapproval.
#Embarrassing as fan representatives we are appalled & completely oppose this decision. FSG have ignored fans in their relentless & greedy pursuit of money. Football is ours not theirs. Our football club is ours not theirs. We will respond fully to this statement in due course. https://t.co/vFsykEm1Qz— Spirit of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) April 18, 2021
Former players of the clubs also criticised the move.
Football is nothing without its fans. We’ve seen that clearly over the last 12 months. If fans stand as one against this anti-football pyramid scheme, it can be stopped in its tracks.— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) April 19, 2021
What an embarrassment we’ve become @LFC think of all the people who have come before us at this club who would be equally embarrassed as well. #SuperLeaguehttps://t.co/zLxhNyeaXB— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 18, 2021
This lot think they can sweep up £300m more each season than the other teams and then wander back on a Saturday and play with that advantage in the PL . Deduct points , fine heavily and embargo transfers. I hope they haven’t bought some of the other 14 clubs. #stopthesuperleague— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 19, 2021
Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League. The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…⚽💔— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 19, 2021
Oooook .. i think i will stop watching football..cause the football i know is not football anymore 😭— Bacary Sagna (@Sagnaofficial) April 18, 2021
Just feel sick to the stomach this morning. And depressed. And extremely worried for the future of our game— Alan Smith (@9smudge) April 19, 2021
As did Manchester City commentator Ian Cheeseman.
I’m sorry @ManCity but you’ve got this wrong – we thought you fought UEFA so that everyone can dream, but once you succeeded, you showed your true colours, to become part of the cartel and exclude others #BoycottEuropeanSuperLeague— Ian Cheeseman (@IanCheeseman) April 18, 2021
Ander Herrera – whose club Paris St Germain are not signed up – was scathing about the plans.
Spartak Moscow offered their help to fans of the 12 teams.
Dear AC Milan, Arsenal , Atlético, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham fans,— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_eng) April 18, 2021
Why not Wellington?
If Spurs can get in then we definitely have a chance…— Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) April 18, 2021
Bromley offered a new home to disgruntled fans.
Anyone else read the Wrexham statement in Ryan Reynolds’ voice?
STATEMENT | ESL— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) April 18, 2021
Who wouldn’t want an away day in Whitby?
Jeff Stelling was left feeling deflated about it.
Thank god I support a proper club. And not just mine, but all those clubs who treat their fans with respect, whose players still speak to their supporters , whose fans respect each other. Feel sorry for the fans of those six clubs who are viewed as worthless by their owners.— Jeff Stelling (@JeffStelling) April 18, 2021
Celebrity fans piled in, too.
@PFA Time to call an all out strike so the players aligned to the big 6 clubs can show their solidarity with all the other players in the EPL and other leagues. The only way to make the owners see sense is to withdraw your members service at every level. #Solidarity ✌✌ https://t.co/6Mil2vsyU3— Gary Webster (@RealGaryWebster) April 19, 2021
Arsenal’s inclusion did not go down well with a former X-Factor winner.
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn had a radical idea to punish the teams involved.
Pro evolution names til the end of the season for them.Man Blue v Merseyside Red— John McGinn (@jmcginn7) April 18, 2021
Footballers from other clubs were not happy.
Football as we know it in this country is going to be smashed to pieces! These 6 clubs are a shambles and just proves this game is all about money to them! Void the league cup final Sunday!! Dock them all points and relegate them! No longer the working mans game!!!!!— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) April 19, 2021
Some real mercenaries…all values and history thrown out the window 🤮👍🏿— Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) April 19, 2021
Who picked the “Big 6” to enter this fraudulent shambles anyway? 2 of the so called 6 aren’t in the top 6 in this country as it stands 😡— Elliott Bennett (@Ebenno88) April 18, 2021
Susie Dent likes to keep her ‘word of the day’ topical.
Word of the day is ‘ingordigiousness’: extreme greed; an insatiable desire for wealth at any cost.— Susie Dent 💙 (@susie_dent) April 19, 2021
MPs past and present got involved.
As a lifelong @Arsenal fan very sorry to see Kroenke sell us out to #ESL and ignore fans and try and rip heart out of English football. It's time to #BoycottEuropeanSuperLeague and for fans not return to Arsenal until Arsenal is returned to fans and gets out of #ESL— David Burrowes (@DavidBurrowesUK) April 18, 2021
The "Big 6" Super League is wrong.— Paula Barker MP (@PaulaBarkerMP) April 18, 2021
Football is about fans and communities, not consumers and subscribers. It's about history and pride.— Angela Rayner 😷 (@AngelaRayner) April 19, 2021
Amid all the backlash, Kevin Pietersen didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.
If the SL is played during the week and doesn’t interfere with domestic league schedules, what’s the issue?— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 19, 2021
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