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What the papers say – April 20

PA
·3-min read

The so-called Big Six of the English Premier League face a furious backlash in the papers after the unveiling of proposals for a breakaway tournament.

The Daily Mirror describes the situation as “the fight for our game” and goes on to talk of the “fury” of football fans.

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The carries the headline “You’ll never go it alone” as it joins The Guardian and The Independent in reporting the Government will fight the planned league.

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“The great game robbery” is splashed across the front of The Sun, which carries a piece from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he writes: “It is your game – and you can rest assured that I’m going to do everything I can to give this ludicrous plan a straight red.”

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Metro says the new league has also received a “red card from Wills”, with The Daily Telegraph quoting the Duke of Cambridge as sharing fans’ fears for football.

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William “cries foul on league of greed”, according to the Daily Mail as The Times reports the royal has joined the “backlash” to the competition.

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The Daily Express calls the Super League “shameful!”, while the Financial Times reveals the 12 clubs which have signed up have each been guaranteed a “welcome bonus” worth up to 300 million Euros (£258 million).

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And the Daily Star asks “Can we have our football back please, mister?”, before adding: “You can shove your greed. You can shove your Big Six.”

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