Peter Reid tells fans: 'Don't go to games' in protest of European Super League

19 April 2021, 14:34 | Updated: 19 April 2021, 14:40

Ex-England footballer Peter Reid tells fans: 'Don't go to the games'

By Fiona Jones

Ex-England footballer and former Premier League manager Peter Reid tells fans not to go to matches in protest of the new European Super League.

Plans for the Premier League's 'big six' football clubs to join a controversial breakaway European Super League have sparked fury from across football and politics.

The bombshell plan, announced on Sunday, saw Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and six other European clubs join together in creating a rival competition to the Champions League.

Three more clubs are expected to join the breakaway group as founding members of the new competition, which will begin "as soon as practicable" and eventually feature 20 teams.

Condemnation was almost instant throughout the game as plans emerged on Sunday afternoon, before the clubs officially confirmed the news just before midnight.

Peter Reid told Shelagh Fogarty, "I think supporters can play a big part in this: don't go to games. Don't buy the merchandise."

Read more: European Super League: What is it and why is it so controversial?

Lifelong Spurs supporter's 'heart sank' when she heard of Super League

He continued: "These fans are fanatics, if they don't go to Super League games, I think it would be a problem especially for the owners.

"There's got to be a pyramid, football's not about the elite."

Of the European Super League itself, he said, "The thing that concerns me is this elite brand and the no relegation. I think in sport and in life, competition - you can have your disappointments and your relegations - but it makes winning sweeter.

"It just doesn't sit well with me at all."

Shelagh remarked, "The kick is in the competition, isn't it?"

"Without a doubt," Peter Reid said, branding this and fan support as the "lifeblood" of football.

Former United and England defender Gary Neville claimed the clubs should be relegated, while retired Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher labelled his club an "embarrassment".

The PM branded the plans "very damaging for football" and gave support for football authorities who wished to take action.

"They would strike at the heart of the domestic game and will concern fans across the country," he added.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden is set to take questions from MPs at 5pm on the issue, which you can watch here or on Global Player.

More Shelagh Fogarty News

See more More Shelagh Fogarty News

The Princess of Wales says she edited the photograph that was released to mark Mother's Day.

The insistence that we see Kate is tantamount to stalking, writes Shelagh Fogarty

Caller tells Shelagh his solution to illegal immigration.

LBC caller tells Shelagh Fogarty that the Channel islands are the answer to 'illegal immigration'

'Rishi Sunak chooses to do the self interested party politics': Shelagh Fogarty reflects on Tories' immigration policies

'Rishi Sunak chooses to do the self-interested party politics': Shelagh Fogarty reflects on Tories' migration policies

Shelagh Fogarty

Former Treasury official outlines 'three immediate priorities' likely to be reflected in Autumn Statement

Shelagh Fogarty

Suella Braverman's hardline crime bill seems like she's ‘interviewing' for career at ‘pathetic’ news channels, says caller

Shelagh and caller Sam

Anti-Semitic chants and actions 'delegitimize' pro-Palestinian cause asserts this Shelagh Fogarty caller

Shelagh and Ricardo Dos Santos

'It's sickening': Ricardo Dos Santos speaks to Shelagh Fogarty as two officers sacked over stop and search


Rishi Sunak has 'failed monumentally' to 'humanise' both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict says Israel expert

Shelagh and Callum

Twitter is a 'particularly dangerous' place to get information now says the Centre for Countering Digital Hate

Shelagh and caller Simon

LBC caller details 'disgusting anti-Semitic' act he witnessed, as hate crimes rise in fall out of Israel-Hamas war

Sister of missing Israeli woman

'We hope she's hiding somewhere': Sister of missing Israeli festival goer fears she is being held hostage by Hamas

Distraught caller on Israel-Gaza conflict.

'This is a war against Hamas!': Distraught caller wants Israel and Palestine to take down the 'enemy' together

Shelagh and Alicia Kearns

Head of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee expresses concern over Israeli 'siege of Gaza'

Shelagh Fogarty caller on facial recognition.

This caller lacks 'trust' in the government's handling of the AI facial recognition debate

Shelagh condemns PM's comments on 'dignity' of the elderly.

'He painted a picture of a Britain that the Conservatives meant to build...': Shelagh Fogarty condemns PM's suggestion that elderly have 'dignity'

Shelagh Fogarty on Jenrick

'We're full aren't we?': Shelagh questions Robert Jenrick's motive behind encouraging Brits to increase birth rate