Late night comedian James Corden has delivered an impassioned speech on his talk show after the announcement of the European Super League.
The news — and the fallout — of the announcement on Monday has been felt around the world with sports fans, pundits and current and former players all savaging the idea.
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So far, 12 of the world’s biggest clubs — Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus — announced they would be playing in a new midweek competition, despite the threat of being banned from their domestic competitions and their players being banned from internationals, including the World Cup.
The competition a 20-team club league with those 12 and another three teams locked in while five other teams would make the competition on a rotating basis.
Already Tottenham’s coach Jose Mourinho has been sacked within 24 hours of the reveal.
While it has impacted the football and sporting world’s dramatically.
It also has an American flavour to it with US owners of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United as well as AC Milan.
But on his The Late Late Show with James Corden, the British host explained the dire situation the football world finds itself in if the Super League comes to be.
In a six minute rant, Corden explained that these, the biggest clubs in the world, “would kill hundreds of other football teams that compete with them and have competed with them many times over the years, disregarding the fan bases of those teams and disregarded the fan bases of their own teams that are devastated by these two”.
“I’m heartbroken by it, genuinely heartbroken,” Corden said. “I’m heartbroken because the owners of these teams have displayed the worst kind of greed I’ve ever seen in sport.”
Corden said most of these football teams were brought up by the community, for the community by working class people.
But he said the new billionaire owners have moved them away from their community foundations.
“Yesterday the realisation hit every football fan hard … that they don’t care,” he said. “They don’t care about anything but themselves. They look at the historic fanbases of every single club with disdain. They want a closed shop where the rich get richer. They don’t care if the teams below them struggle. They’ll take the money and secure the money regardless of performances and regardless of success on the pitch.”
Corden also slammed the statement of the 12 owners, which he called “disgusting” particularly as they mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic three times as a reason for the move.
He added that the pandemic had been catastrophic for the smaller clubs.
“It’s hard to express how much communities rely on football, not just financially, which is considerable, but football is a focal point of a towns hopes and dreams,” he said.
“These dreams, they’ve just been shattered not just in Britain, across Europe. And the reason the dreams have been shattered and discarded is so that a group of billionaires can buy themselves a bigger boat or a second boat.
“Football is a working-class game where anyone can beat anyone on their day and it’s that that makes it incredible, it’s that that’s made it the global force it is today.”
But Corden pointed to Leicester City’s 2016 Premier League victory as something that would be lost if this goes ahead.
“If this happens, and unfortunately I really do think it will, I don’t want to be overdramatic, but I do think it’s the end of the sport that we love,” he said before demanding fans remember the names of the owners, regardless of the success of the Super League.
“They took something so pure and so beautiful and they beat the love and the joy out of it and they did it for money. They just did it for money. And it’s disgusting.”
Social media was quick to react to Corden’s rant.