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Dan Rosenfield’s father-in-law, Mail’s Alex Brummer, wants Super League to happen

Dan Rosenfield’s father-in-law, Mail’s Alex Brummer, wants Super League to happen

Did Downing Street help greenlight the Super League fiasco?

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, jumped on the anti-Super League bandwagon last week in full voice.

Johnson labelled the 12 clubs who wanted to join the Super League as a “cartel”, while he also suggested the UK government would impose legislation to ban the league.

However, in recent days, Downing Street’s position on the Super League has become far murkier.

The Sunday Times revealed that Johnson’s chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield, met with Man United CEO Ed Woodward days before the Super League announcement.

While No 10 asserts that Woodward and Rosenfield, who is also a Man United fan, spoke mainly about the return of fans into stadia, it’s since been reported that the Super League came up too.

 

In today’s Times, readers are told:

The Manchester United executive Ed Woodward did not inform the Premier League that he was meeting officials at No 10 in the days leading up to the launch of the European Super League.

The Sunday Times has quoted sources saying that Woodward felt “emboldened” after the meeting, which included a brief introduction to Johnson, to proceed with the Super League’s launch, which precipitated the biggest crisis in the game for decades.

 

Dan Rosenfield’s father-in-law, Alex Brummer, penned a full-throttled pro-Super League story in the Mail

New York Times reporter, Tariq Panja, has been at the forefront of the Super League story in recent weeks. Indeed, the NYT writer helped break the story at its outset.

Today, Panja has noticed that while most of the English press were wholly against the ESL, one writer did come out in favour of the idea.

That writer? Alex Brummer, who just happens to be the father-in-law of Downing Street’s chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield.

Pure coincidence? Small world?

It’s worth considering why Alex Brummer believed the Super League was a good idea.

Brummer alleged that the Super League would counterbalance the “greed” within the Premier League at large, while the ESL would also stick it to overpaid footballers. Brummer wrote:

Greed within the Premier League establishment has never been more obvious than in the pandemic. Instead of overpaid players and management making salary sacrifices and giving back to communities, it took an individual player, Marcus Rashford, to make a stand on child poverty…

They could be making a better public interest case if more of the enormous TV cash were being shared with lower leagues, football academies and the grassroots rather than spent on divisive £300,000-a-week salaries.

Will the lesser clubs be forever blocked from the top flight? No, as there will be at least five wild card places open each season.

Bring on the Super League.

More on Ed Woodward’s meeting with Dan Rosenfield

Deputy Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Caroline Wheeler, has posted the following thread on Twitter of what happened when Ed Woodward met Dan Rosenfield.

Dan Rosenfield on being a Manchester United fan

In 2019, in an interview with the Jewish Telegraph (via the Jewish Chronicle), Dan Rosenfield discussed being a life-long Man United fan.

Rosenfield revealed that he spent a year in Germany during his university course because of Man United:

I wanted to go to a big town, and decided to go to Munich as Manchester United were drawn against them in the European Champions League group stage that season.

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.