Burnley chairman Alan Pace again speaks out on the proposed European Super League and the way forward for English football
Clarets chairman Alan Pace has reiterated his disdain for the proposed European Super League.
And he is keen to get round the table to find a way of averting such a demand from the ‘Big Six’ to form a breakaway competition in future.
Within the space of 48 hours two weeks ago, Manchester United, City, Liverpool. Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs announced they would be founding members of a new ESL, along with both Milan clubs, Juventus, Real and Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
However, fans openly revolted at the idea, with Manchester City and Chelsea deciding to pull out, before their Premier League rivals followed suit.
That hasn’t stopped the clamour for change, with Manchester United supporters forcing the postponement of their game at Old Trafford against Liverpool, after their protests, which culminated in a number of United fans forcing their way onto the pitch, to make their feelings known to the Glazer family, who own the club.
Pace called on the government to appoint an independent regulator to protect English football, in an open
enter to Burnley supporters, and the English football community as a whole.
And in his programme notes for Monday night’s game against West Ham - themselves pushing for Champions League football, despite not being part of the supposed ‘elite’ in this country - Pace again spoke on the issue: “Our reverse fixture at the London Stadium in January was a tight encounter, and the Hammers have since been on a fantastic run of form which has defied pre-season expectations and taken them to the verge of European football.
“A great example – if ever one was needed – of the competitive nature of the Premier League, and the excitement that the race for European qualification can generate.
”As I wrote recently in an open letter, the plans for a breakaway Super League did not treat fans or the game’s history with the respect they deserve, and I was pleased to see the six Premier League clubs formally withdraw from the proposals.
“As your chairman, I look forward to working together with the wider football community to ensure that all voices are heard in the discussions that will now follow, and helping find a better collective solution that addresses the governance and financial challenges our sport faces.”