Arsenal have taken one step closer to competing in a European Super League as chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has stepped down from his position with the European Clubs Association with immediate effect.
ESPN, Goal and football.london all report that Arsenal have left the ECA, with Manchester City and Tottenham also departing the European governing body ahead of yesterday’s revelation that the ‘Big Six’ in the Premier League, as well as six other European giants, will be forming a European Super League as reported by The Times.
Arsenal’s decision to join a European Super League has been met with fierce backlash, with both UEFA and the English FA condemning the competition, as reported by BBC Sport, as well as ex-players taking to social media to criticise the Gunners for taking part in such a tournament, with Ian Wright and Lukas Podolski being two of the most vocal.
Mikel Arteta’s side are due to play Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals later this month, but events over the past 24 hours could put that fixture into doubt, as well as Arsenal’s European future with iNews reporting that the European football governing body ban clubs from continental competitions should a European Super League go ahead.
The Insider View:
The idea of a European Super League has been floating around for some time, but now it appears that this enclosed, dull format of football is a real possibility, and Arsenal are playing a part in leading us to this grim future of the beautiful game.
The mere concept of such a competition strives to only benefit the 1% of the 1% who are in a position to own and run some of the biggest sports teams on the planet, and Arsenal agreeing to such a proposition means that the Gunners, and those who control the club beyond Arteta, have signed off on the death of modern football as we know it.
This decision from Venkatesham to withdraw the club from the ECA could see Arsenal barred from UEFA competitions for the foreseeable future European Super League or not, and for the millions of supporters around the world of this team, they will be seeing this news as the greatest sign of betrayal we have yet seen from this club.