Finance guru: Man United fans could kill 'world Super League' plot after Uefa update
Fans of Premier League clubs like Man United could in future kill off any designs for a “world super league”.
So says finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively about fan representation at board level.
The recently published fan-led review into English football advocated a ‘golden share’ mechanism to give supporters constitutional veto powers.
That would hand fans the ability to block, among other things, breakaway leagues such as April’s European Super League plot.
European Parliament recently voted to oppose such competitions, and Uefa announced their backing of the measure on Tuesday (30 November).
United’s owners committed to a “new era of dialogue” with fans after the plot in April, which Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid are still backing.
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Plumley claimed the Super League clubs could go global, but a golden share scheme could prevent English clubs from joining their new world order.
“I don’t think anything is impossible with these clubs,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“There are a lot of things that come into the mix. The EU thing isn’t legally binding, firstly.
“Barca, Juve and Real are taking Uefa on and saying ‘you can’t stop us’. And they can’t, officially.
“But if Uefa can’t stop them, the veto of the Premier League clubs is another factor that could come into play.
“Fans of those clubs would look to block that. The revamped Champions League is a super league in all but name anyway.
“I don’t think we’ll ever see this talk go away, especially when these things are not legally binding.
“The next step is to look at the global situation and maybe a world super league. Obviously, the big clubs like Man United are in Europe.
“But Brazilian clubs are knocking on the door of being in the world’s top 30 revenue generators. There are big clubs in Argentina with a lot of history.”
United face Arsenal at home in the Premier League this evening (2 November).
It will be Michael Carrick’s last match as caretaker manager as Ralf Rangnick prepares to take over as interim boss until the end of the season.