Several Arsenal fan groups are demanding that the banners spread across the stands of the Emirates Stadium, which cover the empty seats in the absence of supporters, are removed, following the club’s decision to be a part of the ‘European Super League’ project, according to The Telegraph. The call follows the same from Liverpool fans, who also want their banners removed from Anfield.
Things are heating up at the moment, with a promise of a full-scale war between the so-called ‘big 6′ of English football and the rest involved in the project on one side, and UEFA, FIFA, and national associations and leagues on the other. There are strong words and threats being made towards these clubs, including expulsion from the existing national and European competitions, and a ban imposed on their players from representing their countries at international level.
Meanwhile, the supporters of these clubs – let’s remind ourselves: Arsenal, Liverpool, the two Manchester Clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea – continue to voice their dissatisfaction with the clubs’ actions. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Manchester City Official Supporters Group along with the 1896 MCFC Group, Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, and the Spirit of Shankly (Liverpool Supporters’ Union) have issued the following joint statement:
“We are working urgently and closely with each other, and with the FSA and FSE, to fight these proposals. Despite our clubs’ behaviour we are unified in opposition to them, and we will continue to do all we can collectively to stop these plans. This includes seeking joint representation to the Government and all the relevant football authorities. We will issue a more comprehensive statement in due course.”
A number of other supporter groups, related to all six clubs, have made similar statements to express the same feelings towards the creation of the ESL.