Nearly 80 per cent of British football fans who took part in a YouGov poll on the controversial European Super League have confirmed they are against its creation.
Plans for the controversial breakaway competition including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham were announced on Sunday night, and brought about widespread condemnation from around the globe.
LaLiga trio Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona and Italian sides Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus are the other founding members in what is a direct challenge to the current UEFA Champions League competition.
Nearly 80 per cent of British football fans are against the creation of a European Super League
Supporters have protested all day after plans for a breakaway competition were announced on Sunday night
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin called the plans a ‘spit in the face of all football lovers,’ while FIFA, the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, the European Club Association and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson all issued statements slamming the new proposals.
And in a poll conducted by international research and data analytics group YouGov, an overwhelming number football fans are too unsurprisingly against the Super League become a reality after conducting a survey involving 1,730 supporters on Monday afternoon.
The survey revealed 79 per cent of football fans surveyed (1367 supporters) oppose the creation of the European Super League, including 68 per cent – or two thirds – who ‘strongly oppose’ it.
Some 51 per cent of fans (882 supporters) asked also believe the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs should be kicked out of the English top-flight as punishment for attempting to form a breakaway league.
More than half want big six clubs facing financial penalties, but 73 per cent think owners should be the ones to be punished
More than half of those surveyed (55 per cent) think the six clubs should face financial penalties, and more than half want clubs punished in some manner, but 73 per cent (1263 fans) think action should instead be taken against the clubs’ respective owners.
Moreover, 32 per cent think they should be deducted points, while 22 per cent even called for their existing domestic titles to be stripped from them. That leaves just a minor 10 per cent (173 fans) who would welcome the clubs back with open arms without any such penalties.
Real Madrid president and proposed first European Super League president Florentino Perez insisted it would ‘help football at every level’ and their ‘responsibility as big clubs is to respond to [fan’s] desires’.
But exactly three quarters of participants contrarily believe clubs down the football pyramid will suffer financially from the Super League formation, leaving just 121 people to believe the league will be of benefit to all.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin led the criticism from football institutions around Europe
The poll adds opposition is highest among fans of the 14 remaining Premier League teams, with 88 per cent of those following a team outside the ‘Big Six’ against it, as are 76 per cent of fans of those six sides.
Only 14 per cent of those football fans surveyed are in favour of the breakaway league, and that number only rises to 19 per cent for those fans who support one of City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs.
An enormous 89 per cent of those asked think financial gains are behind the creation of the European Super League, with just 52 people – or three per cent – thinking fan’s desires have led clubs to propose the changes.
Exactly three quarters of those who participated in the poll say they are not interested in watching the new league if and when it begins, after a proposed start of August was suggested when the plans were announced.
Only 19 per cent of fans of the Big Six Premier League clubs are in favour of the controversial league
YouGov polled 1,730 people. The survey was conducted on 19 April, 2021 between 13:48 and 15:16. The survey was carried out through YouGov Direct. Data is weighted by age, gender, region, social grade, and level of education in United Kingdom.