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John McGinn trolls Liverpool and Man City over European Super League

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The confirmation that 12 of Europe’s leading clubs have agreed to form a new breakaway league has caused outrage across the footballing landscape.

It was announced on Sunday that six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – will join six more sides from across Europe in a “new midweek competition”.

A further eight clubs will then join the founding sides – which also include AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid – to create a 20-team competition, split into two groups of 10.

The Premier League and Uefa both condemned the move when it was confirmed, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also critical.

He said that the government is “going to look at everything that we can do with the football authorities to make sure that this doesn’t go ahead in the way that it’s currently being proposed”.

A number of former players including the likes of Gary Lineker, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand also voiced their opposition.

Villa chief executive Christian Purslow described the plans as ‘grotesque’ during an interview on BBC Radio Four today (Monday).

“The scheme is designed to take away that uncertainty (relegation) and to give predictability to their businesses so that if they’re badly managed or have a poor year, they’re still in the premier tournament,” he said.

“Does that sound like sport or football to you? To me it sounds like a grotesque concept.”

And Villa midfielder John McGinn has weighed in with a rather more tongue-in-cheek reaction.

McGinn says the clubs involved should be referred to by their fake teams name on the football game Pro Evolution Soccer.

City would be called Man Blue and Liverpool would be known as Merseyside Red.

The statement released by the Premier League said: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.

“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team might climb to the top and play the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.

“The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.

“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.

“We will work with fans, the FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.”

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