Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has criticised plans for a European Super League following bombshell news over the weekend.
Speaking to The Express and Star, the Villa board member slammed the idea of a closed-shop European Super League which will see six Premier League teams participate in a breakaway European competition along with other big teams on the continent as reported by The Times.
The news sent shockwaves across the footballing world, with UEFA and the English FA condemning the proposal as reported by BBC Sport, with teams who compete in this competition potentially risking expulsion from domestic and continental football as well as players being barred from playing international football.
Criticism in the European Super League has been fierce, and Purslow has added his two cents on the matter, with the Villa chief executive saying: “These proposals do away with sporting merit. It would enable a small number of clubs to be in this competition come what may and, for millions of people in football, that goes against everything the sport means and stands for.
“The idea is that the uncertainty that comes with sport, that makes it so compelling, that we all love, is actually damaging to the business models of these huge clubs. So the scheme is designed to take away that uncertainty, to give predictability to their businesses so that, if they’re badly managed or have a poor year, they’re still in the premier tournament. Does that sound like sport or football to you? To me it sounds a grotesque concept.”
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With the likes of UEFA, the FA and even the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (per The Guardian) all condemning the proposal of a European Super League, the idea of such a competition has been tarnished beyond repair, yet clubs involved with the tournament are still chugging along with the concept, and Purslow’s comments could help spark more people coming out against the idea working in the Premier League.
A Premier League without the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal feels like an alien concept, yet with all that has happened in the past 24 hours, it is a reality that we are inching ever closer to, and key figures at big English clubs could help in the fight of delaying, or outright stopping, a European Super League from forming.
Purslow can be admired for his firm stance on the issue, and hopefully, with his comments, more will follow in his footsteps.