Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

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Jamie Carragher leads backlash to £4.6bn European Premier League plans

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Jamie Carragher has led revulsion at reports Liverpool and Manchester United are in talks to set up a European Premier League.

The Anfield legend tweeted ‘Oh f*** off’ in response to the news of the latest attempts to re-shape the face of European football.

Carragher’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighted in, asking for an ‘independent regulator’ within football, later linking to a petition.  

According to Sky News, the new tournament is backed by FIFA and Wall Street giant JP Morgan, who are assembling a £4.6billion funding package.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has led the social media backlash to news that Liverpool and Manchester United are involved in plans for a European Premier League competition

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has led the social media backlash to news that Liverpool and Manchester United are involved in plans for a European Premier League competition

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

United and Liverpool are among more than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany and Italy in negotiations about becoming founder members of a competition that could start as early as 2022.

The European Premier League would reportedly have 18 teams and involve fixtures played during the regular European season with the top-ranked sides advancing to a knockout format.

Prize money worth hundreds of millions of pounds would be on offer each year.

The news comes as a fresh bombshell after Liverpool and United were the driving force behind the radical Project Big Picture proposals that emerged last week.

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Lionel Messi's Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe's elite teams

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe’s elite teams

Current Champions League holders Bayern Munich would likely lead German representatives

Current Champions League holders Bayern Munich would likely lead German representatives

Arsenal and Manchester City are seen as other English candidates to include in the league

Arsenal and Manchester City are seen as other English candidates to include in the league

That would have seen the number of teams in the Premier League reduced from 20 to 18, the scrapping of the EFL Cup and Community Shield, and power concentrated in the hands of the so-called ‘Big Six.’

The plans were abandoned last week after a vote of Premier League clubs and condemnation by the Government. They had gained the support of the EFL because they included a £250million rescue package for cash-strapped league clubs.

The latest plans for a European league also drew criticism from fans on social media.

The Football Supporters’ Association tweeted: ‘Seriously, if you’re a club owner or football financier who thinks a global health crisis is the perfect opportunity to rip up and reshape football to suit billionaires… you have no idea how much fans detest your concept. It will not go how you think.’

The Football Supporters' Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news

The Football Supporters’ Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news 

One fan wrote: ‘Greed must be the driver, would it be any different from the Champions League.’

Another user tweeted: ‘There’s literally no point in a European Premier League. What makes the Champions League so special is that you get multiple big teams that rarely play each other which makes every match a special occasion. Seeing them play each other twice a season takes that away.’

Another comment said: ‘A European Premier League would absolutely kill football off. Worth 6 billion with the winner getting hundreds of millions in prize money meanwhile small clubs and non league teams are struggling to stay afloat. The game is completely ruined.’

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