Everton have become the latest club to speak out about the proposed Super League, and have gone in very hard on the six English clubs that have signed up, a group that includes their city rivals Liverpool.
In a statement that's sure to strike a chord with a lot of football fans, not least of the clubs involved, they have called for the owners of the "Super Six" to consider their positions as custodians of their clubs and the game. The statement uses incredibly strong language such as "disrespect," "conspiring," and "arrogance."
Everton is saddened and disappointed to see proposals of a breakaway league pushed forward by six clubs.
Six clubs acting entirely in their own interests.
Six clubs tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game.
Six clubs choosing to disrespect every other club with whom they sit around the Premier League table.
Six clubs taking for granted and even betraying the majority of football supporters across our country and beyond.
At this time of national and international crisis - and a defining period for our game - clubs should be working together collaboratively with the ideals of our game and its supporters uppermost.
Instead, these clubs have been secretly conspiring to break away from a football pyramid that has served them so well.
And in that Pyramid Everton salutes EVERY club, be it Leicester City, Accrington Stanley, Gillingham, Lincoln City, Morecambe, Southend United, Notts County and the rest who have, with their very being, enriched the lives of their supporters throughout the game's history. And vice versa.
The self-proclaimed Super Six appear intent on disenfranchising supporters across the game - including their own - by putting the very structure that underpins the game we love under threat.
The backlash is understandable and deserved – and has to be listened to.
This preposterous arrogance is not wanted anywhere in football outside of the clubs that have drafted this plan.
On behalf of everyone associated with Everton, we respectfully ask that the proposals are immediately withdrawn and that the private meetings and subversive practises that have brought our beautiful game to possibly its lowest ever position in terms of trust end now.
Finally we would ask the owners, chairmen, and Board members of the six clubs to remember the privileged position they hold – not only as custodians of their clubs but also custodians of the game. The responsibility they carry should be taken seriously.
We urge them all to consider what they wish their legacy to be.
Everton FC Board of Directors
The response from Everton is the latest hard hitting criticism of the Super League proposal. According to The Guardian, the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the Super League are furious with the decision, as evidenced by Everton's statement. There is said to be conversations ongoing among the 14 exploring expulsion from the Premier League for the six, The Super League has also been met with widespread condemnation from within football and without, with even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for it not to go ahead.