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‘Shameful’: how the papers covered European Super League backlash

Helen Sullivan
·3-min read

There has been no tempering of the anger towards the European Super League in this morning’s UK papers, as Downing Street and Prince William join the fray. The Guardian’s front page splashes on culture secretary Oliver Dowden vowing, with backing from No 10, to do “whatever it takes” to stop English clubs from joining the breakaway league.

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The Times leads on Prince William saying that the league, which could start as early as Auguest, would “damage the game we love”.

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The Independent’s main story focusses on Dowden and other ministers’ reactions.

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The FT reports that the clubs will net up to €300m in a welcome bonus, and its editorial is focussed on the league, and the “battle for the soul of European football”.

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The Express calls the league “shameful” and a “theft” of the country’s national sport.

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The Mail splashes on the Duke of Cambridge too, but adds its own spin with “league of greed”.

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The Telegraph’s sports section brands the league’s participants the “Dirty Dozen”, while the Express’s back page promises to “hit back hard” at the league for having “spat in our faces”.

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The Star’s front page as an Oliver Twist feel, with the headline “Can we have our football back please Mister”, while on the back the league is told to “Sling Eur hook”.

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The i appeals to Liverpool fans with, “You’ll never go it alone”, while Metro goes for an apt metaphor with “A red card from Wills”.

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