May 13, 2021

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Man United and Man City fans hang banners at stadiums in protest of ESL

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Manchester United and Manchester City supporters have made their position on the proposed European Super League clear on Monday evening by hanging banners in protest at their respective stadiums.

Football has been thrown into turmoil this week after 12 of Europe’s ‘leading clubs’ – including United and City – signalled their intent to form a break away competition from the Champions League, dubbed ‘The Super League.’

If the league comes to fruition, it would change the very landscape of the game as the clubs would not face relegation from the competition, making it a ‘closed shop.’

The plans have been met with furious condemnation throughout the country and beyond, with supporters, pundits, former players and politicians all vehemently in opposition.

With supporters still unable to enter grounds for matches amid the Covid-19 pandemic, fans are having to get creative in their protests against the ESL.

Fans of both Manchester clubs flocked to their stadiums on Monday evening to hang banners that have made their disgust at their clubs’ actions abundantly clear.

City fans congregated outside of the entrance to the Collin Bell stand where several banners and signs were left on the fencing before a flag was eventual placed over the door.

City supporters’ group We Are 1894 also announced on Facebook that they didn’t want their banners inside the Etihad displayed during future matches.



Fans pin a banner on the doors to the club

Fans were also spotted earlier in the day holding banners outside of Old Trafford, one of which read: “Created by the poor, stolen by the rich.”



Signs hung outside Old Trafford after Manchester United announced in European Super League

There were further protests at Elland Road ahead of the Premier League match between Leeds United and Liverpool – another of the 12 clubs – with hundreds of fans making their displeasure heard with chants, banners and even someone playing ABBA’s ‘Money Money Money’ on a trombone.



‘Shame on you’

The protests didn’t stop outside of the ground, either, with Leeds players wearing shirts in their warm-ups which read: ‘Champions League, Earn It’ and ‘Football is for the fans.’

A Royal Family member has had his say, too, with Prince William – who is the current president of the Football Association – taking to Twitter to voice his concerns.

The Duke of Cambridge sent a message that read: “Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core.

“I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love. W.”

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