Wolves, Leeds social media jokes towards the Big 6 promote further division and bitterness from those they need on side

Wolves, Leeds social media jokes towards the Big 6 promote further division and bitterness from those they need on side

Clubs poke fun at Big 6

It is completely understandable to see the anger and frustration of clubs in the Premier League and beyond left out of plans for the proposed Super League.

Should the league go ahead, it would likely have hugely detrimental financial impacts to the rest of the English football league pyramid, despite promises from the 12 founding clubs that financially they would still benefit.

It has sparked a broad spectrum of reactions from fans, journalists, media outlets and the clubs themselves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have now changed their Twitter bio description to read “Premier League champions 2018/19” after they finished 7th behind the “Big 6” clubs.

Meanwhile, Leeds United have changed their website fixture list to display the names of clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs as video game alternatives representative of when a platform loses or does not have the naming rights for the teams.

Could there be a better way?

However, whilst it is good to laugh in the face of despair, could more be done to support a fan base of a sport which is facing its greatest threat, arguably in its existence?

The ‘Big 6’s’ owners should rightly be criticised for this scheme which rips the soul from the sport and leaves the openness of competition and consequence beaten and bruised.

Yet, their fan bases too are raging. Protests, banners, social media campaigns and condemning from official fan groups representative of the fan bases of the Big 6 have been present, vocal and frequent.

Everton released a statement which finished with the tagline:

“We urge them all to consider what they wish their legacy to be.”

Could more be done to bring together supporter bases of all the clubs, including the Big 6? Externally, the idea itself of the Super League dismisses care for the opinion of those on the outside.

However, encouraging backlash from within, there a chance could be born. Bring together the fans from all clubs as one to stand against the owners’ self-centred ambitions to further their revenues to the detriment of the game.

By continuing to belittle the clubs and make fans of the Big 6 feel as though they are part of the problem, the only outcome will the the overall dismantling of the sport as we know it.

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This article was edited by
Robert Fosterman.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 32 44 74
2 Manchester United FC 32 29 66
3 Leicester City FC 31 18 56
4 West Ham United FC 32 11 55
5 Chelsea FC 31 19 54
6 Liverpool FC 31 16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 17 50
8 Everton FC 31 3 49
9 Arsenal FC 32 8 46
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa FC 30 10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 32 -9 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Southampton FC 31 -17 36
15 Newcastle United FC 32 -18 35
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 31 -5 33
17 Burnley FC 32 -19 33
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United FC 32 -39 14
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Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Lingard, Jesse West Ham United FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
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Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 9

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