Man Utd and Liverpool accused of 'underground' plot to 'destroy football'

The owners of Liverpool and Man Utd have been accused of contriving to “destroy football” with an “underground project” worth £4.6billion.

It was only in October that the lid was blown off the Project Big Picture (PBP) scheme, led by Liverpool owner John Henry and Man Utd’s Joel Glazer.

PBP was aiming to restructure the UK football pyramid while giving increased power to the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs.

That notion was unanimously rejected by the Premier League and FA, but talks of the elite clubs forming a breakaway European Super League have reared their ugly head again.

And according to La Liga chief Javier Tebas; Henry and Glazer have been at the forefront of the planning.

Liverpool owner John Henry is at the centre of the 'underground' plot, says Tebas
Liverpool owner John Henry is at the centre of the ‘underground’ plot, says Tebas

Fifa president Gianni Infantino was initially on board with the idea, though the organisation has since distanced themselves from such a proposal.

Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has also been heavily involved in the talks.

A new Super League would be a welcome solution to Madrid’s current financial issues, but Tebas believes it would spell bad news for the game as a whole.

“This would be a disaster for football, it would destroy the ecosystem and balance of the game in Europe,” Tebas told The Sun .

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“This whole underground project started with Infantino and Perez – but the Glazers and Liverpool were active too and held meetings.

“They have all tried to keep it secret, before the stories emerged in October and since.”

Previous discussions regarding a Super League have centred around suggestions that Europe’s biggest teams form their own division with no promotion or relegation, making it effectively a closed shop.

That is what the big clubs are aiming for as they seek to avoid the current financial risks incurred with missing out on the Champions League.

The move would include Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, along with the best clubs from the other major European nations, though it is not clear which owners are privy to the talks already taking place.

It also appears that FIFA have now backed out of any plans, after they released a statement insisting any athletes who go and play in a breakaway league would be barred from featuring in the World Cup.

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the financial tightrope that clubs are walking on, with Real Madrid now in over €900million worth of debt, while Barcelona’s has topped €1billion.

In addition, the spiralling revenue gained from TV money has led club owners into conjuring up more prospective money-spinning strategies.

Would a European Super League be a good idea? Have your say below.

The Glazers, Joel (L) and Avram (R), are believed to have been involved in the talks
The Glazers, Joel (L) and Avram (R), are believed to have been involved in the talks

A Super League would certainly attract a worldwide audience with the clubs involved in prime position to reap the benefits.

But Tebas believes the obscene idea is fuelled by one common desire.

“Is it just about greed? You can define that how you like – but that’s the idea,” he added.

“This Super League project is going to ruin the Champions League. That’s what they’re looking for.

“The Champions League disappears – and the money it generated, they want to divide this up between themselves.”


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