While some of the world’s most famous football clubs suffered public relations disasters for a week, Spartak Moscow made brilliant Super League returns and gained new fans in the process.
When the 12 clubs that joined the widely mocked new European Super League (ESL) were blown up for their social media posts coldly announcing their commitment and quick exit, other teams got up Worldwide Inspired Answers To The Bomb News Found Many fans have wondered if the game has lost its soul.
Russian giant Spartak Moscow, who watched Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and five Premier League clubs declare their departure from the established European competition system to compete in the new billion dollar format, was one of the first teams out of the blocks .
“If you need a new club to support, we are always there for you,” wrote the third-placed Russian Premier League team to fans of all clubs that want to split, including Italian heavyweights AC Milan and Inter Milan LaLiga contenders Atletico Madrid.
Dear AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham fans, if you need a new club to support we are always there for you. Sincerely, FC Spartak Moscow.
– FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_eng) April 18, 2021
The enterprising announcement quickly went beyond Spartak’s relatively modest Twitter following of more than 35,000, garnering well over 300,000 likes and retweets and more than 5,500 replies in 48 hours, a worthy reward for the welcome touch of humor amid angry allegations of greed and cynicism towards the ESL.
If Spartak had far more eyes than usual, their newfound admirers would not have been overwhelmed by their latest result – a 3-0 home defeat to relegation-threatened Ufa, which Chelsea fans may have thought of their latest shock 5-2. Surrender would have reminded West Brom or Manchester United supporters of their 6-1 drubbing through Tottenham earlier this season.
While high profile clubs in England, Italy, France and Spain issued press releases distancing themselves from the ESL and denouncing the move that was behind their backs, some smaller clubs had a field day.
We would like to confirm that we will not participate in any European Super League.
– Bray Wanderers FC (@BrayWanderers) April 18, 2021
Great respect for Bayern Munich and Bray Wanderers, who were not accepted into the Super League 👏👏👏
– Neil Warnocks Sudocrem (@ 7Scon) April 18, 2021
Bray Wanderers, who play in the First Division of the League of Ireland and has a stadium capacity of 7,000 players, were laughed and admired around the world: “We want to confirm that we will not be competing in any European Super League.”
Some said Bray hardly deserved to be recognized as a European competitor, Tottenham and Arsenal, as rivals in North London, after bad campaigns for both clubs, are unable to qualify for continental competition due to their league positions.
“Great respect for Bayern Munich and Bray Wanderers for not entering the Super League,” applauded one reader, referring to the refusal of the Champions League holders and the German champions to join what was almost unanimously seen as a fraud by the fans .
Man United Fan all my life, but the last two days with the pandemic have shown that we should really support local people. I’m looking forward to getting to know the club and the history.
– Con34 (@ Con3412) April 20, 2021
The Dublin-based Bohemian Football Club also displayed Irish wit and a talent for videography.
To accompany their contribution with a film comparing the differences between United on television and a local club in person, the 131-year-old club offered a message that almost all sports institutions around the world would endorse.
“Forget the Super League,” they urged. “Support your local team in your city with your friends and family – wherever that may be.”
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