What Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah said about controversial plans for 'Super League'

What Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah said about controversial plans for 'Super League'

Monday, 19th April 2021, 10:43 am

Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the owner of Sheffield United, has had his say on plans for 12 of Europe's leading clubs to form a breakaway Super League, a move that threatens the very foundation of the English game.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will join the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus in the new league, which aims to establish a "new midweek competition" with teams continuing to "compete in their respective national leagues".

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The idea has been roundly condemned by both football fans and federations alike, with the Super League revealing it has already launched legal action to block any plans to thwart the breakaway league.

And Prince Abdullah, whose side were officially relegated from the Premier League on Saturday after losing at Wolves, appeared to join the condemnation of the idea.

"May be a quick idea to kill this super league," he wrote on Twitter.

"FIFA and local federations tell those clubs, [if] you don’t back off your players are free agents and can sign for any other team."

Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

It is anticipated three more clubs will join the breakaway group as founding members, with the new competition, which will begin "as soon as practicable", to eventually feature 20 teams.

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are the other six clubs, with Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain missing from the list.

The founder clubs will also receive a share of €3.5 billion to invest in infrastructure and offset losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.