Everton accuse rivals of ‘preposterous arrogance’ over Super League plan

LONDON (AFP) – Everton have condemned the “preposterous arrogance” of the “big six” Premier League clubs who are involved in plans to set up a European Super League.

The club’s neighbours Liverpool have joined Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham and six clubs from continental Europe in signing up for a breakaway competition.

Everton’s Board Of Directors yesterday issued a strongly worded statement, branding the rebels selfish and urging them to withdraw their proposals.

“Six clubs acting entirely in their own interests,” it said. “Six clubs tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game.

“Six clubs choosing to disrespect every other club with whom they sit around the Premier League table.”

Everton players celebrate during the English Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. PHOTO: AP

Everton said the fierce backlash from fans was “understandable and deserved”.

“This preposterous arrogance is not wanted anywhere in football outside of the clubs that have drafted this plan,” it said.

“On behalf of everyone associated with Everton, we respectfully ask that the proposals are immediately withdrawn and that the private meetings and subversive practices that have brought our beautiful game to possibly its lowest-ever position in terms of trust end now.”

A fan protest outside Stamford Bridge ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Brighton was held yesterday.

“These plans are the latest in an alarming and growing list of clandestine attempts from a small group of clubs whose actions would be wiping out close to 150 years of football’s tradition, competition, and progress through merit,” Brighton said.