'Sheer greed!': Sunderland fans hit out at Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and 'big six' amid European Super League plans
Sunderland fans have reacted to the proposed European Super League – and have taken a clear stance.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City have all signalled their intent to becoming founding members of the Super League, which would effectively replace the Champions League.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are also involved in the proposals.
The Super League would see 20 teams compete in two ten-team leagues before a knockout stage decided the ultimate winners.
But the plans have been met with outrage within the footballing community, with UEFA, the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A all opposing the new competition.
And Sunderland fans have echoed those views on social media.
Posting on our Sunderland Echo SAFC Facebook page, Trevor Lowther said: “Arsenal and Spurs just trying to stay in Europe. Who were the top 6 clubs 100 years ago, 50 years ago etc. That’s what’s great about football, clubs have their time in the sun, as do,most importantly, supporters”
Alan Marsh added: “Sheer greed. Let them go then kick them out of the league and don’t select their players for international games”
Chris Davison posted: “If this had been suggested in 1956, Sunderland would be in it”
Steven Dixon commented: “Greed taking over. These so called big clubs need to remember where all the players start off.”
John Michael Ranton added: ”Kick the teams out of their leagues if that’s what they want to do the get rid of them. No team is bigger than the league and the governing body”
Paul Murray said: “Today’s ‘big’ clubs are yesterday’s and tomorrow’s also rans..... that’s the way it should be. Football needs the fans to need to dream... remove that and there’s no point.”
Meanwhile on Twitter, @IanTodd17 postedd: “Exclude these six clubs permanently and have 4 English leagues of 20, 22, 22 and 22 clubs”
@stephengreiff commented: “Laughing at how Spurs or (currently) Arsenal think they deserve a place in a European Super League. But then that sums up what’s wrong with ‘closed shop’ sport, doesn’t it?”
@john03403161 added: “Only need another 40 English clubs to join and we’ll be back in the Premier League.”