The controversial European Super League proposal made by 12 of Europe's top clubs has received severe backlash not only from football pundits but also from other sportspeople, who follow football closely. The latest to comment upon the draconian proposal is English cricketing legend Kevin Pietersen. The former batsman invited massive controversy after expressing support for the European Super League and used this opportunity to take a dig at Manchester United.
The twelve teams that support the European Super League include Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Two German clubs and a French club are also reported to join the Super League as founding members. As per the joint statement, the inaugural European Super League season will feature 20 teams participating from across Europe, consisting of 15 founding members and five rotating clubs.
It is important to note that the 15 founding members cannot be relegated while the five rotating clubs will have to qualify each season. The qualification will be based upon the achievements of these clubs in the previous season. Once the 20 teams are decided, they will be divided into two groups of 10 participants each with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals. The fourth and fifth teams will then compete in a two-legged playoff to decide the remaining spot in the quarter-finals. The rest of the competition will progress as a typical knockout competition.
Kevin Pietersen, who supports Chelsea, took to Twitter to troll rival club Manchester United. He wrote, "How on this planet is Man Utd in the SL anyway...?!" In a separate tweet, he also expressed support for the controversial European Super League. The former English batsman wrote, "If the SL is played during the week and doesn’t interfere with domestic league schedules, what’s the issue? Serious question? Would like to understand please?"
If the SL is played during the week and doesn’t interfere with domestic league schedules, what’s the issue?— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 19, 2021
Serious question? Would like to understand please?
How on this planet is Man Utd in the SL anyway...?! 🤮— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 19, 2021
However, the English legend received severe criticism from his fans for his support of the European Super League. Aditya Trivedi wrote, "Direct entry into Europe w/o any competition, no relegation just because they have financial pull. What about the likes of Leicester and West Ham who are on the brink of qualifications? their entire season has now no value now. It's money, each club in the SL is guaranteed £300m." Several other tweets can be seen below.
Direct entry into Europe w/o any competition, no relegation just because they have financial pull. What about the likes of Leicester and West Ham who are on the brink of qualifications? their entire season has now no value now. It's money, each club in the SL is guaranteed £300m— Aditya Trivedi (@aditrivedi96) April 19, 2021
It’s the fact that the 12 founding teams can never be relegated from this league creating a monopoly for those 12 teams compared to the rest of the clubs in world football— Michael (@DjKnockers17) April 19, 2021
£3.5bn ‘joining fee’ would remove all competition. Big 6 would hoard every half decent player. Remove incentive for champions league qualification and the league dies.— Daniel M (@mdaniel8812) April 19, 2021
Those teams will prioritize the Super League. The premier league will effectively become a reserve league.— TyzaAFC🇮🇪🇿🇦 (@TyzaCamSA) April 19, 2021