Brighton boss Graham Potter admits the European Super League fiasco was’ disturbing and sad ‘… as Adam Lallana praises former Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson for the leading players’ rebellion against the competition
- Brighton boss Graham Potter believes football has been ‘attacked’ in the past 48 hours
- Potter has called on supporters to “stay vigilant” against opportunistic owners
- Seagulls star Adam Lallana believes collective action won amid the collapse of the much-derided and controversial European Super League
Graham Potter admits that the creation of the controversial European Super League made him feel like football had been ‘under attack’, but praised supporters for their response that led to the league’s collapse.
The football world was turned upside down on Sunday when 12 clubs, including a Premier League Six from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, announced shocking plans to escape and form a new tournament.
But after a furious response from fans, players, pundits and managers over the next two days, the six clubs were soon forced into embarrassing climbs that caused the Super League’s demise.
Graham Potter admits that the creation of the European Super League made him feel ‘insane and sad’
After his Brighton side got an impressive no-goal draw at Chelsea on Tuesday evening, Potter admitted that his team had a point to prove in terms of providing competition ahead of the Stamford Bridge encounter.
“It was disturbing, sad and frustrating,” Potter told the BBC.
It feels like the game has been attacked and the integrity of the game in this country and across Europe. The point is that your fate is settled on the field. Today it was about the game on the field and we showed that we could. ‘
Football fans have led massive protests against the new league for the past 48 hours
Chelsea and Manchester City will protest in front of Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening before the Blues Premier League game against Brighton
Fans had protested furiously outside Stamford Bridge before the game, and news of the kick-off soon spread from Chelsea and Manchester City announcing their intention to leave the Super League.
Potter revealed his joy when he watched the fan protest a descent from the ‘Big Six’, with the other top four flying clubs also indicating their intention to withdraw, and called on supporters to remain wary of owners who would only give profit over competition.
“It felt like a monopoly to control the competition for profit and not the supporters,” Potter told Sky Sports.
‘It was nice to see the supporters out there and that feeling and that emotion. It was universal in the way everyone got behind the issue. Hopefully we can move forward. We must remain vigilant.
‘Football is a fantastic game and there are people who can exploit it. We have to fight for supporters and communities and clubs. Nobody wants a franchise or their fate to be determined on anything but the field.
Supporters across the country, including those from the breakaway of six Premier League clubs that have joined the Super League, expressed anger at the controversial plans.
Fans had also reacted with anger outside Elland Road on Monday before Leeds hosted Liverpool
‘Competition is what our sport is all about. People need to realize that they have a responsibility for that when they own football clubs. Football is more than a business. It’s about people and identities and values. ‘
Adam Lallana, who was a substitute for Brighton in the second half during the 0-0 draw, also showed his joy when he saw collective supporters’ action yield a positive result.
It’s unreal. I told one of the other guys I had a funny feeling all day long, ”he told Sky Sports. “When we heard that teams had withdrawn, it went away.”
‘What has been shown is that together we are stronger than anything else. It’s great to see everyone come together as one. We want games like this to have meaning. We fight for our lives, Chelsea is going for the Champions League. ‘
Lallana also paid tribute to former Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson, who was one of the players who spoke out against the Super League’s proposals.
He told Sky Sports: ‘He has proven himself countless times that he leads the captains and the football club.’
Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana (center) praised his former teammate Jordan Henderson for leading a player revolt against the competition that is now on the verge of collapse.