James Corden perfectly explains the problem with the ESL in emotional plea
If you’re a little confused by the European Super League and the consequences for football, James Corden perfectly explained the problem with the ESL.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) April 20, 2021
West Ham supporter and host of The Late Late Show, James Corden gave a passionate speech opposing the European Super League.
James Corden kicked off his show with an emotional speech condemning the plans and calling it “disgusting”.
The six Premier League clubs involved have faced backlash from fans, sports stars, celebrities, Prince William and even the Prime Minister.
“I’m heartbroken by it, genuinely heartbroken by it. I’m heartbroken because the owners of these teams have displayed the worst kind of greed I have ever seen in sport,”
James Corden said the British teams were ‘historical institutions with working-class roots’, letting his US audience know how different they are to franchises in US sport.
He went on to compare the Super League in Hollywood terms. Saying it would be equivalent to movie stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Saoirse Ronan and Viola Davis breaking away from the Oscars.
He criticised the owners of Man Utd, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona for taking games away from fans.
He said: “It’s hard to express how much communities rely on football, not just financially, which is considerable, but football is a focal point of a towns hopes and dreams.
“These dreams, they’ve just been shattered not just in Britain, across Europe. And the reason the dreams have been shattered and discarded is so that a group of billionaires can buy themselves a bigger boat or a second boat.
“Football is a working-class game where anyone can beat anyone on their day and it’s that that makes it incredible, it’s that that’s made it a global force.”
James Corden reminded everyone of Leicester City’s ‘fairy-tale’ Premier League win in 2016 – and how the ESL will mean it’s unlikely to witness another such triumph for an underdog team.
He added: “And if this happens, and unfortunately I really do think it will, I don’t want to be overdramatic, but I do think it’s the end of the sport that we love.”
Corden urged fans to remember the names of the owners who made the decision, saying: “Don’t ever forget that it was them, those owners.
“They took something so pure and so beautiful and they beat the love and the joy out of it and they did it for money. They just did it for money. And it’s disgusting.”
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