Spion Kop 1906 and Spirit of Shankly condemn Liverpool for joining European Super League

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Supporter groups Spion Kop 1906 and Spirit of Shankly have both moved to condemn Liverpool’s plans to join a new European Super League.

The Reds are one of six Premier League sides named among the 12 founding clubs of the competition, which was confirmed in a statement released on Sunday night.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are all involved too.

No-one from the club has yet put their name to a statement to give fans any explanation over the move, but it is believed that FSG chief and Liverpool owner John Henry is in line to be one of the new league’s vice-chairmen.

Liverpool’s involvement in the new competition has been met with disapproval from many of its former players, while many supporters have also expressed their outrage on social media.

“We would like to put on record our opposition to the planned reforms of the European football pyramid,” a statement from Spion Kop 1906 read.

“UEFA, SKY, Premier League etc are not the victims in all of this either. Their greed to monopolise football has been apparent for decades which appears to have been superseded and now they want to think of the fans.

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“The new format is a blatant plan for the beneficial clubs to seize even more power and revenue from an already lucrative business model.

“Owners, clubs, management. Do you really care about the clubs best interests, or just the bank accounts?

“I think we already know the answer but now is time to think of years of tradition, and do the right thing.”

While a statement from SOS read: “Embarrassing as fan representatives we are appalled & completely oppose this decision.

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“FSG have ignored fans in their relentless & greedy pursuit of money. Football is ours not theirs. Our football club is ours not theirs. We will respond fully to this statement in due course.”

The European Super League would comprise of 20 clubs, 15 of which would be permanent founding members, along with five others to qualify by season.

It is proposed that £3.1 billion would be shared between the founding clubs, with further income coming from TV and sponsorship deals dealt disproportionally for participation, performance and commercial reach.

There would be two groups of 10 clubs, with group games being played home and away before the top four sides from each progressing to the quarter-finals.