New Delhi: Leeds United brutally trolled Liverpool for joining the much-debated proposed European Super League after ‘The Peacocks” managed to hold the reds to a 1-1 draw on Monday (local time) in a classic Premier League (PL) bout. The football world was sent into shock on Monday after 12 major European clubs announced their decisions to form a breakaway super league. The league which has been an idea for years involves the top clubs on the continent competing in a closed league without relegation in order to generate more revenue for themselves. The idea has always been resented by fans across the world as it embodies the complete takeover of football by mosey.
During Monday’s PL match, Liverpool had taken an early first-half lead through Sadio Mane but the Senegalese international’s 32nd-minute strike was cancelled out by Diego Llorente late in the 87th minute as Leeds grabbed a draw from the jaws of defeat.
However, after the full-time whistle was blown, Leeds United took to their social media handle as mocked the Reds by calling them “Super League side Merseyside Reds”.
“FULL TIME: #LUFC hold Super League side Merseyside Reds to a 1-1 draw after late Llorente equaliser,” Leeds posted on Twitter at full-time.
FULL TIME: #LUFC hold Super League side Merseyside Reds to a 1-1 draw after late Llorente equaliser
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 19, 2021
This post instantly went viral on the platform and has received over 150,00 likes and nearly 50,000 retweets so far. Ahead of the kick-off, Leeds players were seen wearing T-shirts that had a strong message like, “Football is for the fans” and “Earn It”.
Leeds’ shirts before facing Liverpool:
‘Football is for the fans’ pic.twitter.com/xPfmre9z8m
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 19, 2021
The 12 founding members of the ESL are Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, Liverpool from England, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid from Spain and Internazionale, Juventus and AC Milan from Italy.
Meanwhile, UEFA had earlier reacted to the formation of the Super League by saying them and “the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.”
UEFA also added that they will consider all measures available to them, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent it from happening.
“Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way. As previously announced by FIFA and the six confederations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams,” the European football governing body said in their official release.
Meanwhile, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced that players will be banned from the World Cup and Euros if they participate in the proposed ESL.
“We are all united against this nonsense of a project. Cynical plan, completely against what football should be. We cannot and will not allow that to change. Players who will play in the teams that might play in the closed league will be banned from the World Cup and Euros. We urge everyone to stand tall with us as we do everything in our power to ensure this never ends up in fruition,” Goal.com quoted Ceferin as saying.