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Latest Premier League fixtures prove that football is not for the fans

Latest Premier League fixtures prove that football is not for the fans

Super league fiasco

In April 2021, 12 clubs, including six from the Premier League, broke away from their divisions in an attempt to form a European Super League, that would take the place of the Champions League.

In a statement, it was announced that:

AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.

Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.

However, after massive fan backlash, all six Premier League clubs withdrew less than 72 hours after they had initially joined, resulting in the project being labelled a poorly thought out, poorly executed farce that tried to steal football away from the everyday fan, and create corporate structures to defy the jeopardy aspect of relegation that makes domestic football so special.

Sky Sports, among others, were outspoken in their horror with the situation, with Gary Neville launching a passionate, and legitimate, bombard on the clubs and their owners.

Football is still not for the fans

Six months on, however, and it seems as though the very thing that English football fans fought for, the ability to go to games, has once again been deemed secondary, as the Premier League continues to squeeze every possible minute of football out of the 20 clubs in the division, something made clear by the release of the Christmas fixtures.

Take Arsenal as a particular example. The Gunners face Manchester United away from home on Thursday the 2nd of December, with an 8.15pm kick-off scheduled for the tie, which will be broadcast on Amazon Prime. There is no public transport back for the 3000 or so away fans, with the last train set to leave Manchester at the beginning of the second-half.

Based on travel alone, this presents a logistical nightmare, even before the fact that the clash will take place on a Thursday evening, when countless fans will be expected in work, is taken into account.

The same can be said for a trip to Everton the subsequent Monday, where the same problems arise, and the Gunners’ visit to Leeds United on the 18th of December.

While the game may continue to be packaged for international and stay-at-home fans, for those closest to the club, football is drifting further and further away. Such is the price to be paid for a global game.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 14 27 33
2 Manchester City 14 21 32
3 Liverpool FC 14 31 31
4 West Ham United 14 8 24
5 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 0 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 -2 19
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
12 Brentford FC 14 -2 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Everton FC 14 -7 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton FC 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 14 -7 13
18 Burnley FC 13 -6 10
19 Norwich City 14 -20 10
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 4