Prince William shares 'concerns' for the future of football following controversial Super League proposal

Prince William has expressed his fears that the proposed European Super League could 'damage' football

WOKING, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits McLaren Automotive at the McLaren Technology Centre on September 12, 2017 in Woking, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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Prince William has spoken out against proposals for a new sports tournament, which would permanently change football culture in Europe. 

The Duke of Cambridge voiced his thoughts on the controversial European Super League, which has been met with widespread criticism from both players and supporters. 

"I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love," he wrote on Twitter. 

Prince William's response comes amidst huge backlash towards the announcement of the new football competition. Twelve major clubs have signed up to the European Super League (ESL), including Liverpool and Manchester United. The competition will also feature hotshot Italian teams like AC Milan and Juventus, as well as Spanish heavyweights like Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

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The clubs want to continue competing in national leagues but also play one another in a new midweek match. This extra game would only be between ESL teams, resulting in more matches between big-name clubs. 

It would therefore directly rival the Champions League, one of the world's most popular football competitions. Unlike in the Champions League, where teams can be relegated based on their performance, ESL's founding teams would be granted permanent membership. 

Critics of the idea have called it inherently unfair, as teams in the ESL will never face relegation no matter how poorly they play. Prince William, who is currently the President of the Football Association, echoed these sentiments in his statement. 

"Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core," he wrote. 

Proponents of the ESL believe that the tournament is in the best interest of football, arguing that the sport desperately needs a makeover. Several clubs are in debt right now, as a result of disrupted fixtures and low match attendance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ESL believes that more people will tune into the matches if they are guaranteed to see high-profile teams compete against one another. 

Emma Dooney
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Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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