European Super League: Tottenham Supporters’ Trust demand club ‘disassociates itself’ from breakaway league

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The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) have strongly condemned plans for a breakaway European Super League, demanding that the club “immediately disassociates itself” from the plans or else they will push for new ownership.

Along with fellow Premier League ‘Big Six’ members Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, LaLiga giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and Serie A trio Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan, plus an expected three more clubs, Spurs were announced on Sunday as founder members of a new midweek Super League to begin “as soon as practicable”.

The plans have been met with almost universal condemnation from leagues, football governing bodies, former players and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while fan groups from the English clubs involved have issued withering statements making their opposition to the Super League abundantly clear.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust declared the “death of Arsenal as a sporting institution”, while their Chelsea counterparts described it as “unforgivable”.

Meanwhile, the THST have lamented the plans as a “betrayal” and demanded that Tottenham disassociate themselves from what they view as an “opportunistic pursuit of greed” about “avarice and self-aggrandisement”.

“Tottenham Hotspur was the first British club to win a European trophy,” their statement read. “We blazed a trail that caught the imagination of fans everywhere. Yesterday, the current Board of THFC betrayed the Club, its history and the magic that makes this game so special when they put their name to a statement announcing the formation of a breakaway European Super League.

“​This statement, signed by self-appointed “leading clubs”, was put out late on a Sunday night. It was made not only after no consultation with supporters, but in the face of clearly stated opposition to key parts of the announcement.

“We have always tried to maintain a pragmatic position of engagement with the Board of THFC, even under the most trying of circumstances. But enough is enough. The current Board is prepared to risk the Club’s reputation and its future in the opportunistic pursuit of greed.

“One of England’s most famous clubs could find itself expelled from English league competition. Its players could be banned from international competition. And yet the current owners – mere custodians of a 139-year-old institution – are prepared to risk it all for avarice and self-aggrandisement.

“We demand the Board immediately disassociates itself from the breakaway league. Only then can meaningful discussions about change take place. If the Board does not do this, we will have no choice but to call on new owners prepared to safeguard the past, present and future of our great Club to step forward and work with us.”

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