Dominic Matteo has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was delighted to see Leeds United’s director of football Victor Orta holding up a shirt that was against the proposed European Super League, as Leeds secured a late draw against Liverpool. Since then, the ESL has completely fallen apart – with the six Premier League clubs involved deciding to make a u-turn and pull out of what was Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli’s dream.
The drama started on Sunday evening. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and both Manchester clubs had agreed to be a part of a 20-club Super League, along with six other European sides. By the time Liverpool travelled to Yorkshire to take on Leeds at Elland Road, the criticism had already flooded in for the Reds and the five other English clubs. Leeds wore t-shirts stating that clubs needed to earn European competition.
Indeed, the proposed Super League would have meant 15 founding clubs would have constantly been a part of the new competition despite how they would have done – and five other teams that would have earned a place in the ESL. It has been met with mass criticism and now, the six Premier League clubs have pulled out. Agnelli has stated that without the inclusion of the English side, the ESL can no longer continue.
Other clubs are beginning to pull out, while Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Porto and Sevilla all initially rejected the chance to join. Before Monday’s game, Orta was spotted in the stands holding up a t-shirt that Leeds fans had worn – stating that “football is for the fans”. Matteo commented on Orta’s actions and praised the Spaniard.
“I saw Victor Orta holding the t-shirt up and that was great. Let’s be honest about it,” Matteo told the Evening Post. “It’s important and I was pleased Leeds took a stand. They did the right thing, you have to back them. I was so relieved when the news began to break last night that clubs were pulling out and it was falling apart.”