Brighton boss Graham Potter admits the European Super League fiasco is ‘annoying and sad’ … while Adam Lallana praises former Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson for rebelling leading players against competition
- Brighton boss Graham Potter believes football has been attacked in the last 48 hours
- Potter has called on fans to ‘stay vigilant’ against opportunistic owners
- Gull star Adam Lallana believes collective action has won in the midst of the collapse of the highly controversial and controversial European Premier League
Graham Potter admits that the creation of the controversial European Premier League left him feeling as though he had been ‘attacked’, but praised fans for their backlash that led to the collapse of the competition.
The football world was rocked on Sunday when 12 onlookers including Premier League six from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur announced shock plans to separate and form a new tournament.
But after a furious reaction from fans, players, pundits and managers over the following two days, the six clubs were soon forced into awkward climbs and triggered the demise of the Super League.
Graham Potter admits the creation of the European Premier League left him feeling ‘restless and sad’
Speaking after his Brighton side captured an impressive goalless draw at Chelsea on Tuesday night, Potter admitted that his team had a point to prove about providing competition before the Stamford Bridge encounter.
‘It’s been annoying, sad and frustrating,’ Potter told the BBC.
It feels like the game was attacked and the integrity of the game in this country and across Europe. It’s about sorting out your destiny on the field. Today was about competing on the field and we showed we could do that. ‘
Football fans have led massive protests over the last 48 hours against the new competition
Chelsea and Manchester City are protesting outside Stamford Bridge ahead of a Blues Premier League clash against Brighton on Tuesday night
Fans protested furiously outside Stamford Bridge before the game, and news before the kick-off quickly swept through Chelsea and Manchester City announcing their intention to leave the Super League.
Potter revealed his delight at seeing the fan protest forcing a climb down from the ‘Big Six’, with the other four top flight clubs also signing off on their intention to pull out, and called on fans to remain wary of owners in give profit over competition only.
‘It felt like a monopoly trying to control the competition for profit and not the fans,’ Potter told Sky Sports.
‘It was nice to see the fans out there and that feeling and emotion. It was general in how everyone supported the issue. Hopefully we can move on. We must remain vigilant.
‘Football is a great game and there are people who can take advantage of it. We need to fight for fans and communities and clubs. No one wants a franchise or their destiny to be decided on anything other than the pitch.
Supporters across the country, including those of the six Premier League clubs, who joined the Super League, voiced their anger over the controversial plans.
Fans had also reacted with rabies on Monday outside Elland Road before Leeds hosted Liverpool
‘Competition is the essence of our sport. People have to realize that they have a responsibility to that when they own football clubs. Football is more than business. It’s about people and identities and values. ‘
Adam Lallana who was a substitute in the second half for Brighton during the 0-0 draw revealed his delight in seeing collective fans action produce a positive result.
‘It’s surreal. I was telling one of the other lads that I had this funny feeling all day, ‘he told Sky Sports. ‘When we heard that teams had pulled out it went away.’
‘What has been shown is that together we are stronger than anything. It’s great to see everyone coming together as one. We want games like this to have meaning. We fight for our lives, Chelsea go for the Champions League. ‘
Lallana also paid tribute to former Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson, who was among players who spoke out against the Super League proposals.
He told Sky Sports: ‘He has proven on countless occasions that he leads the captains and the football club.’
Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana (center) praised his former friend Jordan Henderson for leading a players’ uprising against the now-collapsing competition