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Allardyce slams on the ‘American systemized' Super League

Thu 22 April 2021 | 4:45

As England’s most-known ‘big six’ announced plans to launch the controversial Super League project, that was planned to replace the Champions League for those involved, England's top-flight came under one of their greatest threat in history.

With the remaining 14 Premier League outfits voted "unanimously and vigorously" against the proposal, all six English involved in the plans announced their official departure from the Super League.

However, West Brom’s boss believes the threat is not over yet.

"In that format, it's dead," he said. "But in other formats, it's on hold."

"The lessons to be learned are now down to the governing bodies, who run our game," he said.

"Unless we learn those lessons very quickly, unless we put better protection into the structure of our game, we are still ready to be seeing something like this yet again and again.

"This is not a new idea, by any stretch of the imagination. It may have been a new format, but this has been talked about for many years, believe you me.

"The bigger boys have been trying to get the bigger share of the pot for many years. Luckily, because of the 14 votes required in the Premier League, that has been resisted and rightly so.

"Now, they've chosen to go behind people's backs and try to find a better solution just for them and only them and not for football in general.

"It's a great shame that when we have the best league in the world that raises the most money in the world that six of our clubs in the Premier League chose to desert that format.

"Why would you want to desert the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world, the most entertaining league in the world? The best players, the best managers and coaches – why would you want to destroy that?

"I find that [is] because individuals have come together, and in particular this stinks of the American system trying to be put in place, for me.

"Obviously three of the six are American-based, and when you see the format in America – no relegation, no promotion – that's exactly what this alludes to and you can see where it's probably come from."

Being asked about possible sanctions, for example, potential points deductions, for the 'big six', Allardyce called for "better rules and regulations" to "avoid this situation again".

"If we all break the rules, we all get sanctioned," Allardyce said. "If I breach any rules, I get sanctioned for it; if clubs break any rules, they get sanctioned for it.

"Obviously, in this case, they've broken the rules so they need to be looked at. What form of punishment? I don't know.

"But certainly, if you've broken the rules, you have to pay for that."


source: SportMob

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