How the European Super League united football against the game's wealthy owners

Fans, currently unable to watch Premier League games amid Covid-19 restrictions, had come together on Tuesday to protest Chelsea's participation in the European Super League ahead of the side's goalless draw against Brighton.
In seeking to make European football more lucrative at the expense of competitive drama -- 15 clubs would be immune from relegation in the Super League -- the concept took football to a place the sport's broader community didn't want it to go.
Fans protest against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge.
From fans, players, pundits and politicians -- not to mention rival clubs and the game's governing bodies -- the response to the Super League was emphatic.
Broadcasters, including Amazon and BT, distanced themselves from the Super League, as did some of the game's leading TV figures: "If it actually happens, I will never work on this European Super League," tweeted BBC and BT presenter Gary Lineker.
The Super League fiasco has not only demonstrated how much power is wielded by the wealthy owners of Europe's top clubs, but also how football's fans and stakeholders can wrestle back some of that power.
There has also been resistance from some club owners.
Paris Saint-Germain's chairman and CEO, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, urged football not to forget its fans as he pledged allegiance to UEFA's European competitions, and Bayern Munich, which defeated PSG in last year's Champions League final, also rejected the Super League.
On Monday, the UK government announced a fan-led review of the sport in the wake of the Super League launch, which it calls a "root-and-branch examination of football in this country."
JUST WATCHED Ramón Calderón: Super League 'on its way to becoming a complete botch' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Ramón Calderón: Super League 'on its way to becoming a complete botch' 04:33"Football needs to take its fans incredibly seriously and move against them at their peril.
JUST WATCHED UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin: Clubs planning new Super League are 'taking football hostage' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin: Clubs planning new Super League are 'taking football hostage' 04:46The Super League and the question of ownership at the top of the game has united and mobilized football's community-at-large in a unique way, unlike other issues afflicting the game.
Asked for his views on the Super League earlier this week, Leeds forward Patrick Bamford questioned why the game's decision-makers are prepared to take drastic action when football's finances are at stake, but not against racism.
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