What The Papers Say: UK press split on European Super League

The football season kicked off with two newspapers both claiming credit for ’exposing’ plans for a European Super League. On closer examination, the Daily Mail had found extra facts to pad out the story that the Sunday Telegraph had broken nearly two weeks before. Their claim that the breakaway league had ’top brass terrified’ (31/7) was not borne out by the FA chairman’s soundbite that it would be ’Harlem Globetrotters stuff’ - exhibition football instead of competition.

The football season kicked off with two newspapers both claiming

credit for ’exposing’ plans for a European Super League. On closer

examination, the Daily Mail had found extra facts to pad out the story

that the Sunday Telegraph had broken nearly two weeks before. Their

claim that the breakaway league had ’top brass terrified’ (31/7) was not

borne out by the FA chairman’s soundbite that it would be ’Harlem

Globetrotters stuff’ - exhibition football instead of competition.



Alleged plotters such as Arsenal and Manchester United appeared at odds

with their own management, as journalists scurried around the

rumour-mill.



Quotes were hard to come by with most participants stone-walling until

Stock Exchange disclosure rules forced the publicly-quoted clubs to

issue statements of admission or denial. Two papers favoured the new

European structure, with the Observer suggesting that ’the league could

make Europe feel like a unified continent’ and the Express being harsh

on the European governing body UEFA.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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